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Southgate MallEdmonson County, the seventy-ninth county formed, lies in south-central Kentucky, and covers an area of 302 square miles. It is bounded by Butler County to the west, Grayson County to the north, Hart County to the east, Warren County to the south, and Barren County to the southeast. The population of Edmonson County was 10,357 in 1990. Brownsville, the county seat, stands at 37 11'33"N 86 16'4"W, at an elevation of 537 feet above sea level. Mammoth Cave, the largest cave in the world, was discovered here in 1799 and established as a 51,000-acre National Park on May 22, 1936, primarily from Edmonson County land. The Green River from the east and the Nolin River from the north meet just north of Brownsville. In 1963, a dam on the Nolin created the fabulous 5,800-acre Nolin River Reservoir.

Southgate MallEdmonson County was named for Captain John Edmonson of Virginia, who was killed fighting at the Battle of Raisin River on January 22, 1813. Many of the first settlers were from Virginia. Brownsville was established in 1838 and named for General Jacob Brown. Edmonson County was created on February 1, 1825 from parts of Grayson (1810), Hart (1819), and Warren (1797) Counties. The "Edmonson portions" of these counties were previously recognized as sections of Barren (1799), Hardin (1793), Nelson (1785), Logan (1792), Lincoln (1780) and Jefferson (1780). Link to Bill's Edmonson County Formation Chart to see exactly how these counties were formed.

Southgate MallUnlike some "burned" county seats, the original records of Edmonson Co. have been preserved. The address for Edmonson County is:

Edmonson County Clerk
P.O. Box 830
Brownsville, KY 42210
Telephone: (270) 597-2624
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday and Saturday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Southgate MallThe local library is not only a storehouse of books and periodicals related to Edmonson County history and genealogy, but the super folks there are a great source for all kinds of information:

Edmonson County Public Library
503 Washington Street
Brownsville, KY 2210
Telephone: (270) 597-262
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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