Inducted as the first living writer into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame in 2015, Wendell Berry is one of Henry County’s favorite sons. The author established the Berry Center on Main Street in New Castle as a nonprofit advocating for farmers, sustainable agriculture and land-conserving communities. The center operates out of a house built in 1828; next door is the Bookstore at Berry Center, in the town’s oldest original log cabin.
New Castle is the county seat of Henry County and although the population is under 1,000 people, residents are proud of their rural heritage and present-day community. New Castle is a member of the Preserve America program and the Kentucky Main Street program.
Henry County was established in 1798 when the Kentucky General Assembly created 12 counties out of Shelby County. It was named for Patrick Henry, a governor of Virginia and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
County Seat: New Castle
Denny Benham, Mayor
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Henry County Chamber of Commerce:
Holly Kinderman, executive director
John Logan Brent