Whitley county was formed in 1818. It is located in the Eastern Coal Field region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 723 to 2220 feet above sea level. In 1990 the county population was 33,326 in a land area of 440 square miles, an average of 75.7 people per square mile. The county seat is Williamsburg.
Williamsburg is located in the center of the county on the Cumberland river. The town of Whitley Court House was formed with the new county in 1818 and named, like the county, for William Whitley. The post office opened the next year. The name of the town and post office were changed to Williamsburgh in 1882 and the spelling was changed to Williamsburg in 1890. The population in 1990 was 5,493.
Williamsburg is the home of Cumberland College, founded in 1889 and the home of the Appalachian Center and Museum. -info from Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer
Whitley County Courthouse
Knox, Laurel, Whitley Counties
The Corbin Genealogical Society meets the first Thursday of each
month at the Princess McBurney Building on Barbourville Street in Corbin.
Primarily centered on history and genealogical records in Knox, Laurel,
and Whitley Counties, they also publish a newsletter, "Our Heritage," four
times per year. Membership dues are $15.00 per year. Several publications
are available. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope
and request to: Corbin Genealogical Society, c/o Joyce Culver, 99 Boone
Avenue, Corbin, KY 40702.
WHITLEY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
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