Campbellsville, Kentucky

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Campbellsville is a city in Taylor County, Kentucky, United States. The population within city limits was 10,498 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Taylor County,[1] and the home of Campbellsville University. Campbellsville is twinned with Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland.



The city was founded in 1817 and laid out by Andrew Campbell from Augusta County, Virginia. Campbell owned a gristmill, tavern, and began selling lots in Campbellsville in 1814. Campbellsville became a county seat when Taylor County was separated from Green County in 1848; the city agreed to sell the public square to the county for one dollar so a courthouse could be built there.

The first courthouse was burned by Confederates in 1864, with the replacement built on the same site. A third courthouse in a modern design was built in 1965 on a property adjoining the "old courthouse". A portion of the old courthouse still stands near the current (3rd) courthouse.

Construction began in 2008 on a new Justice Center because of the demand for a more updated courthouse and for an "official" county jail (to save on transport of inmates to neighboring Lebanon in Marion County).

Historical Places

Campbellsville has several historic sites as listed under Taylor County in the National Register of Historic Places listings in Kentucky. Notably, the Campbellsville Historic Commercial District includes several blocks of Main Street. The most notable structure in this district is Merchant Tower (formally Merchants Hotel) which has Romanesque architecture and is listed individually on the National Register of Historical Places since 1980.


Downtown Campbellsville includes a Main Street and a designated historic district. The 100 and 200 block of Main Street are lined with century old brick, stone, and iron buildings with Italianate architecture facades. Since 2008, Campbellsville has been undergoing a revitalization with the help of a Main Street Manager. Campbellsville is known regionally for its Fourth Of July celebration.

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