Rural homes around Mount Sterling range from historic frame-and-board farmhouses, to modern ranchers with spacious porches and modern interiors. Land types also vary, between well-developed farms of a hundred acres or more, down to single-acre properties perfect for those looking for their own slice of rural-Kentucky heaven.
Mount Sterling is the home of the Gateway Regional Agritourism Association - a regional organization that promotes agri-tourism in the area.
Residents around Mt. Sterling also benefit from the many amenities and attractions that the town has to offer. Mount Sterling is the county seat of Montgomery County, hosting many important government service buildings.
Mt. Sterling has everything that could want or need from a nearby urban center, like a large hospital, schools, shopping centers, a public golf course, and a range of cultural attractions.
Cultural attractions include:
- An award-winning historic downtown
- Kentucky's oldest festival - October Court Days
- The Gateway Regional Arts Center
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Mount Sterling Transport
Mt. Sterling is a 40 minute drive from downtown Lexington. The main transport route connecting the two is the I-64 highway. Other nearby towns include Paris, North Middletown, Owingsville, and Jeffersonville.
Mt. Sterling is also home to the Mount Sterling-Montgomery County Airport.
The Daniel Boone National Forest is a short drive to the southeast, while Cave Run Lake is a 30 minute drive east.
Mount Sterling History
The first part of Mount Sterling's name is derived from an ancient burial mound that was found at the site where the city now stands. The second part of the name is taken from Stirling in Scotland, although, when the town was officially named in 1792, it was misspelled as "Sterling".
Over the years, the town became a commercial and trading hub for eastern Kentucky. The importance of "Court Day" as a day for trading and commerce only grew, persisting until this day when thousands of visitors arrive in October to partake in the events, activities, and attractions that surround the event.
During the Civil War, Mt. Sterling saw occupation by both Union and Confederate troops at different points. However, after the Battle of Mt. Sterling in June of 1984, Confederate forces were pushed out, and the town was not retaken.
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