Since its founding, Cynthiana, KY has played a significant role in Harrison County and central Kentucky. The town is listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places and is home to the second-largest collection of mid-19th century cast iron storefronts in the state. Cynthiana-Harrison County Museum documents the local heritage. Local education includes Harrison County School District’s six schools, St. Edward School, KY Tech Harrison Area Technology Center and Maysville Community and Technical College. A 3M factory established in 1969 accounts for nearly all the world’s production of Post-it notes. E.D. Bullard Co., is also an important business as is agriculture.
Downtown Cynthiana features shops and eateries as well as destinations including Rohs Opera House, Old Log Cabin House and Harrison County Courthouse. Additionally, the South Fork of the Licking River flows south to north just to the west of downtown. There are four parks for outdoor entertainment managed by the city of Cynthiana, while Fun Friday Flicks, Water Day, Firefighter Water Ball Tournament, ARToberFEST and Turkey Bowl are among the events offering unique entertainment in the area.
Cynthiana was established in 1793 and was selected as the seat of Harrison County, which was the 17th county organized in the state. During the Civil War, major battles were fought in July 1862 and June 1864. Following the arrival of rail service to the area, the town prospered with whiskey and tobacco being the chief exports.
The hot, humid summer and mild to cool winters are consistent with a humid subtropical climate. On average, there are 190 days of sunshine along with 46 inches of rain and 10 inches of snow each year. July is typically the hottest month with January being the coldest.