Business and civic leaders in Spencer County are involved in the community. An active Main Street organization is one example. Taylorsville Main Street promotes locally owned businesses in the county seat’s downtown district. The nonprofit Taylorsville Main Street achieved national accreditation again in 2020 through the Kentucky Main Street Program, established in 1979 by the Kentucky Heritage Council. Based in Chicago, the National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The National Trust Preservation Fund awarded a matching $5,000 grant to the Felix Grundy Stidger House to refurbish the saddlebag-plan log house, built in the late 1830s. In the summer of 2015, the city of Taylorsville obtained the property and transferred it to a nonprofit organization, Felix Grundy Stidger Historic Preservation Foundation.
The Kentucky Gourd Society was formed in the mid-1990s and has hosted the annual “Taylorsville Celebrates the Gourd Festival” each spring to showcase and sell artwork made of gourds and to teach classes, but the May 2020 event was canceled.
With more than 3,000 acres, Taylorsville Lake is a heavily stocked fishing lake and is enjoyed by boaters and kayakers. Around the 18.5-mile long lake there are 24 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. In late 2018, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and members of a local Boy Scouts of America troop to build a public archery range and eight-station woodland course on the Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Spencer County. The static field range features target bags placed from 15 to 35 yards. The woodland course has a quarter-mile walking trail and eight shooting stations that have targets placed from 15 to 50 yards.
County seat: Taylorsville
Matthew Douglas, mayor
2019 population: 18,748
Average median age: 41
Median household income: $76,369
Percentage of homeowners: 83.03%
Spencer County-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce:
Monica Dunlap, president
Taylorsville-Spencer County Recreation, Tourist & Convention Commission: visittaylorsville.com
Education: Nearly 12% have bachelor’s degrees; over 8% have graduate degrees