Bracken County, Kentucky

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Bracken County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1797. As of 2000, the population is 8,279. Its county seat is Brooksville, Kentucky[1].



Bracken County was organized as Kentucky's 23rd county in 1796 from parts of Mason and Campbell counties. It is named in honor of William Bracken, an early pioneer and surveyor, who first came to the area in 1773, then settled here. He met his death at an early day at the hands of the Indians. The original county was composed of all the way to southern Nicholas County, north to the Ohio River, west to the Licking River and east to Dover, Kentucky. [1]

Several early settlers were veterans of the American Revolutionary War among them was Capt. Abner Howell, he and his family came from Pennsylvania. He died in Bracken County in 1797.

The county government moved from Augusta to Woodward's Crossing (now Brooksville) in 1833.

Bracken was the birthplace on Sept. 9, 1816 of John Gregg Fee, founder of Berea College and Kentucky'`s most noted abolitionist. He was a graduate of Augusta College and Lane Theological Seminary. In 1822 it was also the site of Augusta College first Methodist College in the world.

Bracken County also is called home by many well known people. Nick Clooney a Cincinnati journalist and former newsanchor, and his wife Nina, live in Augusta, Kentucky. Their famous son, George Clooney, grew up in Augusta, graduated from Augusta High School in 1979 and visits from time to time. Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000, grew up in Augusta and still calls Augusta home. Heather and her husband, former Ky. Lt. Governor Steve Henry, are the curators of the Rosemary Clooney Museum in Augusta, which is the former home of famed actress/singer Rosemary Clooney. Rosemary's most notable film is "White Christmas."

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