Samuel Haycraft

Samuel Haycraft, Jr., in his History of Elizabethtown, wrote in 1869:

"For who can tell what Elizabethtown will be with her delightful location, her enterprising and energetic population, her railroad facilities, her fine water, and her surroundings of intelligent and gentlemanly farmers, the best fruit country in the world, and her future manufactories that must spring up, and when it becomes a large city it will be well to look back upon her starting point."
Freeman Lake Bridge

The beautiful countryside and rich natural resources convinced many people throughout the years that Elizabethtown was the place to be to raise their families, earn their livings, and love as their home. Today, the reasons for finding a home in Elizabethtown are much the same.

Map of Elizabethtown KY

Centrally located within 44 miles of Louisville to the North and 131 miles of Nashville to the South, Elizabethtown is located at the intersection of three major highways: Interstate 65, Bluegrass Parkway and the Western Kentucky Parkway. As the county seat of Hardin County, Elizabethtown encompasses 25 square miles of the 616 square miles that make up Hardin County. Elizabethtown's population is approximately 29,044*. Hardin County, the fourth largest in Kentucky, has a population estimated at 107,456*.

Abundant housing in a variety of settings is available for singles, couples, or families. Medical and professional services of every type are available within the city, including a 300-bed regional hospital. Several different shopping areas, including small shops, large department stores, "super stores", and a fully-enclosed mall are all within the city limits. A strong industrial base exists, with several large, clean manufacturing companies.


Education is a highly valued aspect of life in the Hardin County School Systems and the Elizabethtown Independent Schools, each offering top quality learning programs for every range of academic ability.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) offers a wide range of associate-degree programs.

Perhaps the one characteristic that sets Elizabethtown apart from other places is its people. Residents are proud of their Hardin County home and happy to welcome others to make it their home, too.

* Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census (2011)