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Jackson County- Powered by Jackson Energy

115 Jackson Energy Lane
McKee, KY 40447
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Jackson County, Kentucky, is a place of great natural beauty and friendly people. Here you will find outdoor recreational opportunities, musical events and festivals, and unique crafters. For more information on local Artisans go toThe Kentucky Artisan Heritage Trails website


Bluegrass music runs deep in Jackson County. Local bands, such as the Kirby Knob Boys, keep the musical traditions alive and are frequent performers at local and regional Bluegrass shows and festivals. 


You can learn about Jackson County's history at the Big Hill Welcome Center. The historical home was built in the year 1839. It is other wise known as Cox-Simpson house. It was occupied through 19th and 20th century. The house served as a prelude to the Battle of Richmond. It was also a hospital after the Battle of Richmond and Big Hill on the retreat back to Tennessee.Metcalf troops fought up the field by and behind the house. Confederate General Kerby Smith in July 1962 Ordered Colonel Scott of Louisiana Confederate to go ahead and see what opposition through to Richmond. Scott had 800 men in the Regiment. On August 29, the confederate advance met Union forces and skirmishing commenced. The Union forces were reinforced by artillery and infantry. This forced the Confederate cavalry to retreat to Big Hill. In an attempt to keep pressure on the Confederates, Brig. Gen. Mahlon D. Manson ordered a Union brigade to march to Rogersville. Skirmishing continued when Union forces met Cleburne’s men later in the afternoon. Please visit the Welcome Center to find out more about Jackson County's history.

Events and Festivals

Many Bluegrass music fans remember David "Stringbean" Akeman from the Hee-Haw television show, but folks in Jackson County knew him as a brother, uncle and friend. A talented musician and comedian, Akeman was born in Jackson County, and his talents are remembered and celebrated today with the Stringbean Music Festival. The June festival features nationally-known Bluegrass music performers, as well as mountain arts and crafts.
The Jackson County Homecoming is held the first weekend in September and includes community events, a parade and car show. The event also include the Jackson County Arts and Crafts Guild Show, which features local craftsmen, such as quilters, weavers, and other artisans

Another annual event is the Bethel Church Homecoming. Held annually the 3rd Sunday in September, this homecoming is in Northern Jackson County. It is held in the Bethel community, which is now part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. People come from miles around to enjoy good food music and chatting.

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