Scott County, Kentucky

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Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2008, the population was estimated at 44,549. Its county seat is Georgetown[1].

Scott County is part of the Lexington–Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 285 square miles (738 km2), of which 284 square miles (736 km2) is land and 1 square mile (3 km2) is water.

Adjacent counties

History

Scott County was explored as early as 1774. One of the early settlers was John McClelland of Pennsylvania. The area became subject to hostile Indian attacks, and was abandoned by 1777.

In 1783, Robert Johnson established the first permanent settlement at Johnson's Station. In 1786, Maryland Catholics established the second parish in Kentucky at St. Francis, Kentucky.

Scott County was formed in 1792. It was one of the first counties created after Statehood. It was named for Revolutionary War hero, Gen. Charles Scott, who led the Kentucky Militia at the disastrous Battle of the Wabash in 1791. Gen. Scott went on to the 1794 victory at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, and served as Governor from 1808 - 1812.

On November 18, 1861, Scott County native George W. Johnson was elected provisional Confederate governor of Kentucky. In the American Civil War, Scott County furnished the Union army with 118 soldiers and the Confederacy with approximately 1,000. [1]

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