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Oldham County: An area of remarkable economic growth

The J. Chilton Barnett Library & Archives on the Oldham County History Center campus have been added as a facility to the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. It is the only site in Kentucky to receive that designation.

“Connect, grow, succeed” is the motto of Oldham County Chamber & Economic Development. Whether it’s connecting through a virtual game of bingo or in real life at the annual golf scramble in August, chamber members are community members who stay in touch with one another. Oldham Tourism promotes hospitality and attractions for group itineraries and leisure travelers, such as customized Underground Railroad activities at the Oldham County History Center.

Located just east of Louisville, Oldham County is known as the “Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky,” with a baker’s dozen farms offering tours and hands-on experiences through a formal agritourism program. Up to 30 freight trains a day run the railroad tracks on Main Street through downtown La Grange, the county seat. There are seven cities within Oldham County, the most recent being Goshen. In 1990, the former Harmony Lake subdivision became the city of Goshen, which is now home to Hermitage Farm and its dining and meeting venues. Oldham County attractions include Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner, Kentucky Artisan Distillery and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, and a lovely Central Park and Pewee Valley Museum in Pewee Valley, Ky.

Oldham County is an area of remarkable growth, its Chamber of Commerce says. It typically has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state and boasts the highest per capita income.

market review coverCounty seat:
La Grange
John Black, mayor

2019 population: 67,510

Average median age: 39

No. of households: 21,794

Percentage of homeowners: 85.73%

Median household income: $100,900

Percentage of homeowners: 85.73%

Labor force: 33,978

Oldham Chamber & Economic Development:
David Bizianes, executive director

David Voegele

Oldham KY Tourism & Conventions: Kim Buckler Hydes, executive director