About Bourbon County

Portrait of Cigar during photo shoot at Watercress Farms Paris KY CREDIT Chuck SolomonNestled in the heart of Kentucky’s famous Bluegrass region, Bourbon County was one of nine counties that made up Kentucky when it became a state in 1792. Its very name evokes visions of Thoroughbred horses grazing in lush green pastures bordered by age-old stone fences; lovely historic homes and buildings and beautiful rolling countryside.

The area also offers a group of sites and attractions for visitors to enjoy. Long-known for agricultural products and livestock grown and raised on the county’s 292 square miles, Bourbon County is one of the leading producers of Thoroughbred horses in the world. More than 50 horse farms are located in the county, including world-famous Claiborne Farm, where Secretariat stood at stud for many years.