Whitley County, Kentucky

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Whitley County is a county located in the state of Kentucky. 2005 census projections list its population at 38,029 [1]. The county seat is at Williamsburg[1], though the largest city is Corbin, and the county's District Court (a trial court of limited jurisdiction) sits in both cities. Whitley County is a limited dry county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited except in certain areas as voted on by the residents of the area. In the case of Whitley County, by the drink alcohol sales is permitted only in restaurants in the city of Corbin seating at least 100 diners and derive at least 70% of their total sales from food.

The Corbin, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Whitley County, but does not include all of the city of Corbin.



Whitley County was created on January 17, 1818 from adjacent Knox County, Kentucky [2]. In the years prior to its establishment as an independent county, many skirmishes were fought between native Indians and hunters and trappers in the area. The namesake of the county, Colonel William Whitley, is famous locally for fighting many of these battles within the area, eventually driving them out of southeastern Kentucky and safeguarding the Wilderness Road, as well as for his service in the War of 1812, where he died at the Battle of the Thames. The county seat was situated in Williamsburg (also named for Colonel Whitley, in 1882) from the beginning, with the first court held at the home of the town's first resident, Samuel Cox [3].

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