Taking care of people, the land, horses and other animals is at the heart of Henry County, from nonprofit organizations like the American Saddlebred Legacy Foundation in Eminence to the Berry Center in New Castle. The Henry County Health & Wellness Coalition has a dedicated base of citizens and professionals who uphold the quality of life throughout the county and partner with other community organizations. There’s the Henry Co. Arts & Crafts Guild, whose members include portrait artists and wood turners, landscape artists and jewelers, authors and musicians. Businesses with shopping experiences coming close to being tourist attractions include Smith-Berry Winery in the county seat of New Castle and Troubadour Farms, a working cattle farm in Smithfield.
More commerce and camaraderie can be found with an active Henry County Farmers Market, taking place on the grounds between the Berry Center and the Agrarian Culture Center & Bookstore. “Our Home Place Meat” is a program started by the Berry Center in 2017 as a cooperative for local livestock farmers in Henry County to sell meat at regional markets. As an antidote to industrial agriculture, Our Home Place is based on respectful animal husbandry, fair compensation for farmers, good farming and land management practices, and neighborly relationships. Milk-fed, grass-fed “Rose Veal” is the program’s first product, through a partnership with humanely certified processor Trackside Butcher Shoppe in Campbellsburg.
Bobby King, mayor
2019 population: 16,092
No. of households: 6,391
Median household income: $54,373
Percentage of homeowners: 74.98%
Henry County Chamber of Commerce:
Holly Kinderman, executive director
John Logan Brent
Largest employer: Hussey Copper