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Welcome to Russell County, KY
My thoughts about Kentucky are that it is one of those “postcard” states. It boasts progressive metropolitan areas and agricultural and recreational beauty, all equally blended with rich Kentucky history—a lot of it known to the entire nation. When I returned from the West Coast, I found myself defending and promoting the Bluegrass State to many doubters who asked me why I wanted to live in the middle of nowhere. My response was always that Kentucky is in the middle of everywhere. A day’s drive can include visits to Chicago, Memphis, Nashville, mountains, and the Atlantic Ocean.

In both Lexington and Louisville, I often said you can go from corporate to cow in 20 minutes. In Russell County, successful industry and small businesses are sometimes blended in with those cows! The beauty of Russell County lies in the slower-moving way of life in town, and then nature picks up the pace when you get off the beaten path. Wildlife is not in the nightclubs but around your cabin if you’re visiting a state park or a campground. Birdwatchers and botanists can literally have a field day in most any part of Russell County from season to season.

You don’t have to own a boat to enjoy historic Lake Cumberland, a deep and clean 1,200 miles of shore created from a river and leading up to the nationally known Wolf Creek Dam and beautiful Kendall Park below. Year-round world-class fishing and summertime memories start here. Opportunities for new business are as fertile as the ground. Hwy 127 is an artery of traffic like none other in South Central Kentucky. Building a dream home with a property to match is common. Tending a backyard garden or finding acreage for cattle and corn are also common. Creativity and love of music have a place here; artisans, both professional and hobbyists, seem to thrive in Russell County.

Entering the charming square in Jamestown, you’re greeted by a World War I soldier, a doughboy, representing many of the grandfathers of the residents today. The square is an active core of business and entertainment. Russell Springs, a famous healing destination of a mineral spring, is located right off the Cumberland Parkway or along 127 South. Shopping, property, and award-winning catfish can be found here any day. And if you do purchase a home here, there are places for landscaping, gardening, and more right in the same zip code. Whether you are visiting or relocating, the cordial greeting and help along the way from the friendly people of Russell County is contagious. And you will get used to it. – Cindy Lamb

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