Elkton Kentucky

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A warm welcome awaits you in Elkton and Todd County, Kentucky!  Elkton, the county seat, is the “heart of Todd County,” as it lies in the center of the county along Highway 68/80 and Highway 181.

The newly renovated Historic Todd County Courthouse, built in 1835 and one of the oldest courthouses in the state, is located in the center of Elkton and is home to the Historic Courthouse Todd County Welcome Center.  Be sure to stop for a fresh cup of coffee, free maps and brochures about the area. (The Welcome Center is closed during the months of January and February.)

The Elkton Historic District on Public Square boasts 20 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, which are home to various local businesses, including a gift shops, antique stores, cafes and restaurants.  There is access to free wireless internet on Public Square while you sip on coffee in The 2 Kates Cafe or have a scoop of ice cream from the L & R Soda Bar or one of our other unique restaurants and shops.

Other nearby communities in Todd County also have a rich history.  The Jefferson Davis Monument State Historic Site is located in Fairview.  Also, the home of America’s first Poet Laureate, Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum, is located just south of Elkton in Guthrie, Kentucky.  And, everyone knows about Helen’s Place in Kirkmansville, where everyone goes for catfish dinner and music on Friday night!

Todd County also has a thriving Amish community.  Several local Amish businesses are located just off of Historic Highway 68-80.  At Schlabach’s Bakery, you can purchase tasty homemade pastries, breads and jellies.  In the Country Pantry, you can find specialty meats and cheeses as well as bulk-packaged products, including pastas, flour, meal and spices.  The Country Barn in Fairview has farm fresh produce, beautiful flowers and other garden center supplies.  Also along the way, you can purchase some of the most beautiful handmade saddles and riding equipment at the Penchem Tack Store.

History

In 1819 stagecoach operator Major John Gray donated land for the City of Elkton. In 1820, Elkton was established and because it was located in the center of Todd County, Major Gray believed it should be the county seat. Gray’s plan called for the town to radiate from a two acre square. In 1835 a courthouse was erected in the center of this square. The “Old Courthouse” is the second oldest courthouse in the state. This monument, still the centerpiece of town, stands proudly to welcome everyone that enters our warm, friendly community Today, Elkton is a small community of approximately 1,984 citizens. Elkton is a slow paced town with all the advantages of being near larger cities. You can be in downtown Nashville, Tennessee or Bowling Green, Kentucky in just under an hour, while Clarksville, Tennessee and Hopkinsville, Kentucky are about 20 minutes away.

Recreation

Lake Barkley State Resort Park

Elkton is also very blessed with many recreational facilities nearby. Within twenty miles of Elkton is Lake Malone State Park with Shady Cliff Resort and Marina. Elkton is also located within seventy miles of Kenlake State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park (pictured at right) and the Land Between the Lakes. Many of these nearby state parks have newly renovated golf courses that are ranked tops in the state. The Cities of Bowling Green, Kentucky (60 miles), Clarksville, Tennessee (20 miles), and Nashville, Tennessee (73 miles) provide numerous cultural attractions.

 Climate

Average Daily Temperature: 59.10°F
Average Annual Rainfall: 47.30 inches
Average Annual Snowfall: 10.10 inches
Record Highest Month: July 1952, Average temp: 107.00°F
Record Lowest Month: January 1985, Average temp: -17.00°F

 Airport Facility

Standard Field is located approximately one-half mile southwest of Elkton. The turf runway is 3,500 feet with the only traffic control being a wind sock. There is no lighting at Standard Field. Standard Field is classed as a “Basic Utility Airport” which refers to airports designed to handle single-engine and light twin-engine propeller driven aircraft. The airport will be designed and improved to handle 16 based aircraft.

More Information

Aerial Photo and City Limits Map

2010 Census Data

Population: 2,062