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Whitley County, Kentucky

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On January 17, 1818, the Legislature created Whitley County. The new county was given the name of Whitley in honor of William Whitley, noted pioneer and Indian fighter. In the years prior to 1818, many skirmishes were fought between Indians and hunters and trappers in the area. Colonel William Whitley, is famous locally for fighting many of these battles within the area, safeguarding the Wilderness Road, as well as for his service in the War of 1812, where he was killed at the Battle of the Thames.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Communities

  • Canada Town
  • Carpenter
  • Corbin (part)
  • Emlyn
  • Gatliff
  • Goldbug
  • Julip
  • Mountain Ash
  • Packard
  • Piney Grove
  • Pleasant View
  • Rockholds
  • Saxton
  • Siler
  • Williamsburg (County Seat)
  • Wofford
  • Woodbine
  • Yaden



Whitley County History

Genealogy Trails

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Daniel Boone National Forest (part)