Brodhead is a true Kentucky gem. Located in western Rockcastle County its original settlement was located at Boone Fork where pioneers were traversing Stigall’s Trace to Crab Orchard and points beyond. When the L & N Railroad reached the settlement, people moved closer to that source of transportation and the town was founded at its current location and named to honor John C. Brodhead, a contractor who did the grading of the railway.
Many local individuals now refer to the town of Brodhead as their own little “Mayberry”. This small town is a place where all are welcome and when visiting you’ll be treated like family. The town, which is located at the head of the Dix River, celebrates every May with the Dix River Festival, inviting visitors and former residents to come home and celebrate their humble beginnings. We are also home of “The Little World’s Fair”. For many years visitors have traveled from all parts of the state and even the county in the month of August to enjoy one of the best fair experiences around.
We invite you to visit Brodhead any time of year, whether the spring time during the Dix River Festival, the fall for the beautiful fall foliage or during the Christmas holidays when Brodhead is decorated like a scene from a Currier and Ives picture. Come enjoy the charm and hospitality of this beautiful small town.
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