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Bracken County was organized as Kentucky's 23rd county in 1797 from parts of
Mason and Campbell counties. It is named in honor of William Bracken, an early pioneer and surveyor, who first
came to the area in 1773, then settled here. He met his death at an early day at the hands of the Indians.
The original county was composed of all the way to southern Nicholas County, north to the Ohio River, west to the
Licking River and east to Dover, Kentucky.
Several early settlers were veterans of the American Revolutionary War among
them was Capt. Abner Howell, who came from Pennsylvania with his family. He died in Bracken County in 1797.
Bracken County played a major role in Underground Railroad. There are several
Underground Railroad Sites in the Augusta, KY area.
Bracken County's economy was largely agricultural; its chief crops before the
American Civil War were tobacco and corn. White burley tobacco, a light, adaptable leaf that revolutionized the
industry, was first produced in 1867 from Bracken County seed
The county government moved from Augusta to Woodward's Crossing (now
Brooksville) in 1833.
Some records were
lost in a fire on 20 Apr 1848
County, Ohio (north – across the Ohio River)
Brown County, Ohio (northeast – across the Ohio River)
Mason County (east)
Robertson County (south)
Harrison County (southwest)
Pendleton County (west)
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