Soon after the Revolutionary War, what’s now Kentucky was still a part of Virginia, but many locals wanted Kentucky to be its own state. Ten constitutional conventions were held at the courthouse in Danville, then as now a social and political hub of the area. Finally, on June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the new Union’s fifteenth state, and Revolutionary War hero Isaac Shelby was named its first governor.
In the twenty-first century, Danville is thriving. Its combination of small-town friendliness, big-city culture and events, bucolic countryside and living history make living, working and visiting here a true pleasure. There are also a few smaller communities around Danville that add to the history and beauty of Boyle County. Make your trip complete with a stop in one of these thriving little towns.