Cynthiana, Kentucky

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Cynthiana is a city in Harrison County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 6,258 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Harrison County.[1]



Cynthiana was named after Cynthia and Anna Harrison, daughters of Robert Harrison, who had donated land known as the Public Square, though Harrison County was named after Colonel Benjamin Harrison (not the U.S. President) who was an early settler to the area and the sheriff of Bourbon County, Kentucky.

Two battles in the American Civil War were fought in Cynthiana; the first on July 17, 1862, was part of a raid into Kentucky by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan; the second on June 11 and 12, 1864, resulted in defeat of Confederate forces on Morgan's last raid into the state.[2]

On January 23, 1877, an LL chondrite meteorite fell in Cynthiana.[3]

In March 1997, the Licking River, which bisects Cynthiana, flooded, causing extensive damage in Cynthiana and neighboring communities.


Cynthiana is located at 38°23′18″N 84°17′49″W / 38.38833°N 84.29694°W / 38.38833; -84.29694 (38.388292, -84.296841)[4].

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