Come for the abundant natural beauty, friendly atmosphere, wealth of activities, rich history and lively local arts and music scene. Stay for the diverse economy, entrepreneurial opportunities and the glory of seasonal climate.

Early settlers were attracted to what later became Jessamine County, because of four significant natural springs that spontaneously flowed from the earth and seemed to be never failing.


By 1798 plans for a town were laid out by local Reverend John Metcalf. The town’s name honors Revolutionary War Colonel George Nicholas, who is celebrated as Kentucky’s first Attorney General and the father of Kentucky’s State Constitution.


Wilmore was established in 1876 by the Cincinnati Southern Railroad as a flag stop with the construction of the nearby High Bridge Railroad trestle on the Kentucky River. The bridge was the highest in the world in 1877, an engineering marvel of its time. The train stop was named Scotts Station for a large land owner near the new railroad track, but a dispute between the owner and the railroad resulted in the name being changed to Wilmore in honor of another land owner. In 1882 a general store was begun and by 1898 there were several businesses in town.

Mitchell Pearson – Executive Director Nicholasville, Wilmore – Jessamine County Tourism Commission

102 South First Street
Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356
Phone: (859) 305-6040
E-mail: info@visitjessamine.com

The Nicholasville, Wilmore – Jessamine County Joint Tourism Commission welcomes you!

NWJC Joint Tourism Commission

Mona Ostendorf –  Chair
Steven Vinson – Vice Chair
Raven Trainor – Secretary
Doug Fain – Treasurer

Dave Carlstedt
Tommy Cobb
Bo Quigg

The Nicholasville Tourism Commission meets the third Thursday of each month at 11:00 a.m. at City National Bank, second floor.


VisitJessamine is a public service organization authorized by the Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS 91A.350) and established in 2017 by the efforts of the cities of Nicholasville, Wilmore & Jessamine County Government bodies. VisitJessamine’s adopted budgets, financial statements and audit reports can be viewed on the Department of Local Government’s website: http://kydlgweb.ky.gov/entities/16_SpgeView.cfm?Dist_ID=8544

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