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Cumberland County, Kentucky

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Cumberland County was created in 1798 from land given by Green County. It was named for the Cumberland River. In 1829, the first oil well in the United States was dug three miles north of Burkesville. However, it is usually not recognized as such because the drillers were looking for salt brine.

It was the first county in the United States to elect a female sheriff, Pearl Carter Pace.

Morgan's Raid, starting in Cumberland County, was a diversionary incursion by Confederate cavalry into the northern (Union) states of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and, briefly, West Virginia, during the American Civil War. The raid took place from June 11–July 26, 1863, and is named for the commander of the Confederates, Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan. Although it caused temporary alarm in the North, the raid was ultimately classed as a failure.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Communities

  • Amandaville
  • Bakerton
  • Bow
  • Burkesville (County Seat)
  • Dubre
  • Green Grove
  • Grider
  • Judio
  • Kettle
  • Marrowbone
  • Modoc
  • Peytonsburg
  • Waterview



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