Athens, Kentucky

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Athens, Kentucky
—  Rural settlements of Lexington, Kentucky  —
Athens, Kentucky is located in Kentucky
Athens, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°56′57″N 84°21′51″W / 37.94917°N 84.36417°W / 37.94917; -84.36417
CountryUnited States
StateKentucky
CountiesFayette
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
 
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Athens, Kentucky
—  Rural settlements of Lexington, Kentucky  —
Athens, Kentucky is located in Kentucky
Athens, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°56′57″N 84°21′51″W / 37.94917°N 84.36417°W / 37.94917; -84.36417
CountryUnited States
StateKentucky
CountiesFayette
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)

Athens, Kentucky, United States, is a small unincorporated village in the rural services area of Lexington- Fayette Urban County to the east of Interstate 75. First settled in 1786 as the community of Cross Plains,[1] the town was chartered as Athens in 1826[2] and had its own post office from that time until 1906.[3] The current commercial center was reduced to its present size by a series of fires in the mid-19th century.[1]

Like several other communities, the local pronunciation of its name uses a long vowel in the first syllable, making it /ˈeɪθənz/ AY-thənz. The common English pronunciation of this name, which is most notably used for the Greek capital, uses a short "a".

Athens Historic District

Athens Historic District
Location:SE Fayette County, Kentucky
Coordinates:37°56′57″N 84°21′51″W / 37.94917°N 84.36417°W / 37.94917; -84.36417Coordinates: 37°56′57″N 84°21′51″W / 37.94917°N 84.36417°W / 37.94917; -84.36417
Architectural style:Italianate, Greek Revival, Late Victorian
Governing body:Private
NRHP Reference#:79000971
Added to NRHP:1979

The Athens Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 for its Italianate, Greek Revival, and Late Victorian architecture.[4]

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