Once a wilderness between Louisville and Frankfort, Shelbyville was founded in 1792 and had a population of 262 by 1800.  By the time the Civil War arrived, Shelbyville had a few thousand residents-many of them fought valiantly when the town’s courthouse was attacked by confederate soldiers  The turn-of-the-19th century saw a building boom, with an architecturally beautiful downtown, a legacy of the era. Through it all, Shelbyville retained its small-town atmosphere- a friendly place to get away from it all and a place to get anywhere you need to go. Now known as the American Saddlebred Capital of the World, due to its 80+ Saddlebred farms, Shelbyville is home to eclectic shops, destination dining and agritourism tours.


Find more information about Shelbyville and the Kentucky area communities by visiting the links below.


City of Shelbyville

City of Simpsonville

County Government

Kentucky Tourism

Painted Stone Settlers Inc.


Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

Shelby County Historical Society

Shelby County Industrial Development Foundation

Shelby Main Street

Shelby County Parks

Shelby Development Corporation

American Saddlebreds of Great Britain