PO Box 237
Williamsburg, KY 40769-0237
Phone: (606) 549-6002
WHITLEY COUNTY was formed
in 1818, and named in honor of Col. William Whitley. It
is situated in the south-east section of the State, and is drained
by the Cumberland river and its tributaries. This river
penetrates the county on the north-eastern border, and meanders in a
general western course to within a few miles of its western border,
when it makes a bend, and runs a few miles of its western border,
when it makes a bend, and runs directly north, to near the northern
border; here it again makes a sudden bend, and flows out of the
county on the north-western border; bounded on the north by Laurel;
on the east by Knox; on the south by the State of Tennessee; and on
the west by Wayne. The face of the country, except the river
valleys, is hilly and broken, two spurs of the Cumberland mountain
penetrating the south-eastern corner to within a short distance of
Williamsburg, on the Cumberland river. Corn is the staple
product, and hogs the principal export of the county.
The falls of the Cumberland river, in Whitley county,
about fourteen miles below Williamsburg, are among the most
remarkable objects in teh State. The river here is
precipitated over sheer fall of sixty-three feet, perpendicular.
On a clear morning, the roar of the waters may be heard for a
distance of ten or twelve miles above and below the alls.
Immediately behind the falling sheet of water, there is a
considerable cave in the surface of the rock; and a person can go
almost across the river by this passage, through an arch formed on
one side by the rock, and on the other by the flashing waters.
Just below the falls, large fish are to be caught in great numbers.
The country, for six or eight miles above and below the falls, is
very irregular, and presents to the eye of the traveler a succession
of scenery as romantic and picturesque as any to be found in the
State. The hills and mountains rise upon each other, like
clouds upon the horizon.
Valuation of the taxable property of Whitley in 1846,
$388,332; number of acres of land in the county, 167,967; average
value of land per acre, $1.42; number of white males over twenty-one
years of age, 877; number of children between five and sixteen years
old, 1,435. Population in 1840, 6,673.
WILLIAMSBURG, the seat of justice of Whitley
county, is situated on the right bank of the Cumberland river, about
one hundred miles from Frankfort, and contains a Methodist church,
two lawyers, four stores and groceries, one tavern, and several
mechanics' shops. Population, 75. Boston is a
very small village, containing a Baptist church, a store,
post-office, &c. Population, 30. .................
|* Corbin City
* Williamsburg City
|* Corbin Public Library
305 Roy Kidd Ave.
Corbin, KY 40701
* Whitley County Public
285 S. Third St.
Williamsburg, KY 40769
CEMETERIES OF WHITLEY COUNTY
Bee Creek Cemetery
Jellico Creek Cemetery
Kensee Hollow Cemetery
Whitley County Cemetery
Whitley Memorial Gardens
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