When the pioneers first traversed the rolling hills and lush valleys of what is now Owen County, they must have known that this land would make a good home. Although residents have wrestled with the land since it was first settled, Owen County has proven to be a great place to live for many generations.
The area that is now Owen County was first surveyed in 1783. Owen County was originally in Viriginia, then a part of several Kentucky counties, before being officially formed in 1819.
Located in the outer Bluegrass region of the state, Owen County was named for Colonel Abraham Owen (soldier, member of the constitutional convention and aide-de-camp to General Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe where he was killed on Nov. 7, 1811).
Owen County is bounded on the west by the Kentucky River and to the north by Eagle Creek. The elevations of the county range from 425 feet to 1,000 feet above sea level in a land area of 352 square miles. Hills, pastures and woodlands comprise the majority of acreage.
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