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Welcome to Bracken County!

History – Hospitality – Heritage

Bracken County is located in northern Kentucky, along the Ohio River.
Historically, Bracken County’s economy was mostly agricultural with tobacco and corn the most prolific crops. The county is best known as the birthplace of the White Burley strain of tobacco, and is still known today as the center of the “burley belt.” In the 1870s, the county achieved great notoriety as one of the nation’s leaders in wine production, making over 30,000 gallons of wine annually from locally grown grapes. Agriculture continues to be a driving source for the county’s economy with cattle, feed corn, tobacco and hay being the principle farming products.

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Augusta is located in northeastern Kentucky. Augusta was founded by Philip Buckner in 1786 as a trading post along the Ohio River.

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Brooksville is located in central Bracken County.The area was settled before 1800 by William and Joel Woodward and was originally known as Woodward’s Crossroads. The legislation to formalize Woodward’s Crossing as the county seat was sponsored by Senator David Brooks and the town was renamed in his honor.

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