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Richmond City

Madison County, Kentucky

Richmond City Hall is located at 229 West Main Street, Richmond, KY 40475.
Phone: 859‑623‑1000.


Beginnings [1]

Richmond has a long and vibrant history as a successful city in the Bluegrass Region. The city was founded in 1798 by Colonel John Miller, a Revolutionary War soldier. During the same year, the Kentucky Legislature approved the move of the county seat from Milford to Richmond; this resulted in a fierce fight between the two communities. Richmond was established as the county seat and named after Richmond, Virginia, Colonel John Miller's birthplace.

Today, Richmond is the home of Eastern Kentucky University which was established in 1906 as Eastern Kentucky Normal State School to train teachers. Richmond is currently the sixth largest city in Kentucky and serves as a center for working and shopping for south central Kentucky. Many notable figures are from Richmond, including an Ambassador to Russia and five Governors.

  1. Richmond Planning and Zoning Commission, Richmond, Kentucky Comprehensive Plan, January, 2011, www.richmond.ky.us, accessed September, 2012.