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Laurel County, Kentucky

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  • Pvt. William Manson Rice (1898 - 1978)
  • Pvt. (USA), Lewis W. McFerran (1832 - 1861)
    Born: Abt 1832, Bath County, KY Enrolled: 15 Sep 1861, Marietta, IN Mustered: Sep 16, 1861, Indianapolis, IN Rank/Unit: Pvt, Company D, 33 IN Vol Inf Regt (Cpt McCrea commanding) Roll of Honor. Killed ...
  • Edna Holmes (1897 - 1970)

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Laurel County was established by an act of the general assembly, December 21, 1825 and was named for the Laurel River.

Laurel County was the location of the Battle of Wildcat Mountain, a pivotal yet little known battle during the American Civil War that kept Confederate armies from advancing on Big Hill, a major stronghold during the war.

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken was started in Laurel County in Colonel Harland Sanders hometown of North Corbin. Due to the history of chicken in the county, The World Chicken Festival is celebrated every year in Laurel County, drawing crowds of up to 250,000 people over the four-day festival.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Communities

  • East Bernstadt
  • Keavy
  • Lake
  • London (County Seat)
  • North Corbin



Genealogy Trails

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Daniel Boone National Forest (part)