Welcome to Logan County, Kentucky. It is a land of rolling farmland, rustic nature, and rich heritage. Beautifully situated about an hour north of Nashville, Tennessee, just 30 minutes from bustling Bowling Green, KY and thriving Clarksville, TN, Logan County is the third largest county in Kentucky. This community is reminiscent of a by gone era. It is a place where you work, play, live, and really get to know your neighbor.
From it's founding in 1800 to present day, Logan County is a community with a proud heritage. Established in 1792, it is the oldest county in South Central Kentucky. It is named after Benjamin Logan, a Revolutionary War hero and it's county seat, Russellville, is also named after William Russell, another hero in the Revolutionary War. In 1806, in the south end of the county, the would be president, Andrew Jackson, had his famous duel over the honor of his wife Rachel in which he received a non-fatal gunshot wound that he would suffer with for the rest of his days.
Many revered statesmen and heroes called Logan County home at one time, as well. Presley O'Bannon moved here in 1807 following his successful exploits as a hero in the Barbary Wars. His house still stands on the corner of Main Street and 9th Street. John Breathitt moved to Logan County in 1800 with his family and eventually became the 11th Governor of Kentucky. The 17th Governor of Kentucky, John Crittenden, also resided here in the county. He was known for "The Crittenden Compromise" intended to stave off a civil war. He also served two terms as the U.S. Attorney General.
Beginning in 1817, slaves and indentured servants worked and lived at the Saddle Factory prior to the Civil War. You can still visit the factory in downtown Russellville and see the markings made by slaves and servants on the third story of the building where they were housed. In 1868, the infamous Jesse James and his band robbed the bank in Russellville. This is thought to be one of his first robberies. In fact, every year, at the Tobacco Heritage Festival, this scene is re-enacted by local citizens and crowds faithfully gather to watch it for their 1st or 50th time. Prior to the Civil War, slaveholder, Major Richard Bibb, began to release some of his slaves who all were eventually emancipated. There are still signs in the basement that show this home was used as an underground railroad station. His house is currently being made into a museum.
We have raised children here who have grown up to join the ranks as performing musicians, professional athletes, and astronauts. As you can clearly see, we have much to be proud of here in Logan County. We live in a special community with a huge heart and friendly smile for all who are blessed to visit or live here. We hope you will make your home here in Logan County, too.