Grayson County is located in west-central Kentucky and is bordered by the Rough River on the north and the Nolin River on the southeast. Formed in 1810, it was the fifty-fourth county established from land given by Hardin and Ohio counties. The county is named for William Grayson, a United States Senator from Virginia and a Revolutionary War colonel. Leitchfield, named for Major David Leitch the original owner of the town site, is the county seat. The town was formally incorporated in 1866.
The historical markers located throughout Grayson County offer information for many of the early homes in the area, the landmarks found throughout the county, and the importance placed on mills and sulfur springs for both the local inhabitants and visitors from many other states. Noted particularly for Grayson Springs, Grayson County was hugely popular for a century, whether people simply wanted a vacation or to "take the waters" for medicinal purposes. Although more than fifty spas were located throughout the state, Grayson Springs could boast having springs more heavily saturated with sulfur than any other.
As you make your way through this tour, you can find a range of topics covering Grayson County. One can learn about the founders of Grayson County and Leitchfield; the millers of Green Mill who produced Grayson Lily Flour in the small town of Falls of Rough; the earliest brick residence in the county, now used for the Grayson Historical Society; and the land that George Washington owned, but unfortunately died before visiting.
We hope you are able to use this tour in exploring the long and rich history of Grayson County.