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Henry County: Agricultural at heart

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Located on the northern edge of Kentucky’s Bluegrass region, Henry County is largely an agricultural community.

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.

market review coverMore 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.

County seat:
New Castle
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