Lexington, KY is home to McCarthy’s Irish Bar. We are proud to be part of such an amazing community and have included some helpful information about the city and surrounding community. From thoroughbred horse racing and bourbon distillation to high tech employment and an engaged community, Lexington has it all. If you can’t find the information you seek from the resources below, please don’t hesitate to call or email and the owner of McCarthy’s, Peter Kiely, will be happy to provide a personal recommendation.
Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau:
- Lexington Visitors Center
- 401 West Main Street
- 800-845-3959 or 859-233-7299
- One of America’s most beautiful horse race tracks.
Brief History of Lexington
When European settlers arrived on the scene, the Bluegrass region was in use as a hunting ground for numerous Native American tribes. Daniel Boone was one of the first Anglo-Saxons to explore the area. He helped establish Kentucky’s first forts in Harrodsburg and Boonesborough.
Lexington was founded in 1775, seventeen years before Kentucky became a state. William McConnell and a group of frontier explorers were camped at a natural spring when word came from nearby Fort Boonesborough that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Massachusetts. In honor of the battle, the group named their site “Lexington”. By 1820, Lexington, Kentucky, was one of the largest and wealthiest towns west of the Allegheny Mountains. So cultured was its lifestyle, our city soon gained the nickname “Athens of the West.”
Fayette County consists of 283 square miles of gently rolling plateau in the center of the inner Bluegrass Region. The area is noted for its beauty, fertile soil, excellent pastureland and horse and stock farms. Poa Pratensis (bluegrass) thrives on the limestone beneath the soil’s surface, playing a major role in the area’s scenic beauty and in the development of champion horses. Numerous small creeks rise and flow into the Kentucky River.
The latest U.S. Census estimate for Lexington-Fayette County is 295,800 (2010). The estimated population of the metropolitan statistical area (MSA), which is comprised of Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford counties, is 555,000.