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Fayette County, Kentucky

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    Margaret Ingels, B.S.M.E., 1916; M.S. M. E., 1920; LL.D., 1957
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Fayette County—originally Fayette County, Virginia—was established by the Virginia General Assembly in June 1780, when it abolished and subdivided Kentucky County into three counties: Fayette, Jefferson and Lincoln. Together, these counties and those set off from them later in that decade separated from Virginia in 1792 to become the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Originally, Fayette County included land which makes up 37 present-day counties and parts of 7 others. It was reduced to its present boundaries in 1799. The county is named for the Marquis de LaFayette, who came to America to support the rebelling English colonies in the American Revolutionary War.

On January 1, 1974, Fayette County merged its government with that of its county seat of Lexington, creating a consolidated city-county governed by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Hamlets & Communities

  • Andover
  • Athens
  • Bracktown
  • Cadentown
  • Clays Ferry
  • Colby (part)
  • Jimtown
  • Lexington (County Seat)
  • Little Georgetown
  • Little Texas
  • Pralltown
  • South Elkhorn
  • Spears (part)
  • Todds Station



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