Millersburg, Kentucky

Millersburg is a home rule-class city in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 792 at the 2010 census.[2] It is part of the LexingtonFayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Millersburg, Kentucky
"History, Hospitality, Opportunity"
Location of Millersburg in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Coordinates: 38°18′12″N 84°8′46″W
CountryUnited States
  Total0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
  Land0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
  Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
833 ft (254 m)
  Density1,934/sq mi (746.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)859
FIPS code21-52302
GNIS feature ID0498363


Millersburg was founded in 1817. It was named for John Miller.[3]


Millersburg is located in northeastern Bourbon County at 38°18′12″N 84°08′46″W,[4] reaching to the Nicholas County border. U.S. Route 68 (Main Street) passes through the center of town, leading southwest 9 miles (14 km) to Paris, the county seat, and 29 miles (47 km) to Lexington. It is 37 miles (60 km) northeast to Maysville on the Ohio River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Millersburg has a total area of 0.42 square miles (1.1 km2), all land.[2]


Historical population
Est. 2016792[1]0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 842 people, 356 households, and 248 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,432.5 people per square mile (928.9/km²). There were 390 housing units at an average density of 1,126.7 per square mile (430.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.66% White, 3.44% African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.59% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.19% of the population.

There were 356 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,500, and the median income for a family was $32,692. Males had a median income of $29,861 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,906. About 12.4% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Military academies

Millersburg is the site of the headquarters of the American Military Cadet Corps, the National Cadet Training Center, HHC American Cadet Alliance and the campus of the historic Millersburg Military Institute (MMI) opened in 1893.

The American Cadet Alliance, part of the American Military Cadet Corps the largest entity within Millersburg provides two to six weeks of career exploration programs during the summer. All cadets must be crime-free, drug-free, and doing well in school. Since 1909, ACA has trained and hosted thousands of young people from throughout the United States and from 21 foreign countries. Graduation ceremonies are held throughout the summer. Each ceremony is open to the public.

The former Forest Hill Military Academy, a preparatory school for young men and women in 6th through 12th grades, opened in August 2012. As of December 5, 2014, the Academy announced that the school would be closed for the 2015 Spring Semester in order to reorganize its structure and finances. It will still be open for students in the CADET-13 Program and the summer camp, and events will still occur. The school will open back up for the Fall 2015 semester changing its name back to the Millersburg Military Institute,[7] while the US Army Cadet Corps is reforming as the "American Military Cadet Corps".

In 2016 Community Ventures Corporation purchased the property and began an extensive renovation of the historic gymnasium and Allen House mansion. The mission of Community Ventures at Mustard Seed Hill, formerly MMI, is to facilitate redevelopment of Millersburg by drawing thousands of guests and reviving local businesses.

In 2017 the gymnasium opened and hosts numerous basketball and volleyball tournaments, in addition to community activities. Bourbon Christian Academy also operates as school in the gymnasium complex.

The Allen House has become a wedding destination, corporate retreat location and prime venue for the surrounding counties. Of note is the Christmas light display that draws thousands of visitors to the 30' ribbon tree, walk-through Christmas Ornament and life-sized sled.


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