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Welcome to Athens ...

Athens is located in Fayette County<1>.

The location of Athens has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

Athens is 950 feet [290 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Athens lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you leave Athens and travel east, you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

Athens lies within the (859) area code.

Communities Also Named Athens ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 28 communities that are also named Athens - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (2), Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Athens.

Communities near Athens ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Athens.

  • Lexington - Fayette (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lexington - Fayette
    • Lexington - Fayette lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<4> to the northwest of Athens and is located in Fayette County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 324,735 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lexington - Fayette have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lexington - Fayette
  • Richmond (14 miles [22.5 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richmond
    • Richmond lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<4> to the south of Athens and is located in Madison County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 36,800 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richmond
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Richmond<5>
  • Nicholasville (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nicholasville
    • Nicholasville lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<4> to the southwest of Athens and is located in Jessamine County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,888 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nicholasville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nicholasville<5>
  • Winchester (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winchester
    • Winchester lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<4> to the east of Athens and is located in Clark County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,659 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Winchester have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Winchester
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Winchester<5>
  • Paris (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paris
    • Paris lies 18 miles [29 km]<4> to the north of Athens and is located in Bourbon County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,719 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paris
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paris<5>
  • Wilmore (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wilmore
    • Wilmore lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<4> to the west of Athens and is located in Jessamine County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 6,343 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wilmore
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wilmore<5>
  • North Middletown (19 miles [30.6 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Middletown
    • North Middletown lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<4> to the northeast of Athens and is located in Bourbon County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 650 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Middletown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Middletown
  • Keene (15 miles [24.1 km] to the west)
  • Pine Grove (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine Grove
    • Pine Grove lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<4> to the northeast of Athens and is located in Clark County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pine Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Grove
  • Boonesboro (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boonesboro
    • Boonesboro lies 5 miles [8 km]<4> to the southeast of Athens and is located in Clark County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boonesboro

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Athens. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Athens.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Athens. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Athens.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Athens. See our Newspapers Page for Athens.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Athens ...

Looking for more information about Athens? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Athens, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Athens.

Adding Athens to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Athens in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Athens was in the U.S. Post Offices (Jan. 1851).

We also found Athens in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Athens on our Genealogy Page.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Athens

Cities, Towns and Villages of Kentucky

About Fayette County

About Kentucky

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Athens. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Kentucky: https://kentucky.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Kentucky's counties, including Fayette, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Athens - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Athens) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9492, Longitude: -84.3641       In this case, the coordinates for Athens have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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