Whitley County, located in state’s southeastern region, was created on January 17, 1818. The county’s southern edge borders Tennessee. In addition, Whitley County contains part of the Daniel Boone National Forrest and the Cumberland River. Several of the historical markers focus on the Cumberland Falls State Park area, such as the natural phenomenon of the Moonbow, and the construction of access to the park in the early twentieth century during the Great Depression.
Both the county and Williamsburg, the county’s seat, got their names from Colonel William Whitley. He was a famous in the area for guarding the Wilderness Road and fighting off Indians. Colonel Whitley also fought in the War of 1812, where he was killed at the Battle of the Thames.
The University of the Cumberlands is located in Whitley County. The school’s history and several of the historic buildings are featured on the tour. Other markers speak about pioneer Kentucky and Civil War related topics. Whitley County played an important role in Kentucky’s history. We hope that you will use this app to better understand Whitley County’s importance to Kentucky's past.