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, the town was chartered as Athens in 1826 and had its own post office from that time until 1906. The current commercial center was reduced to its present size by a series of fires in the mid-19th century.
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
The Athens Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 for its Italianate, Greek Revival, and Late Victorian architecture.