Historical Town and Places in Whitley County Kentucky
Corbin – This industrial city with post office and L&N Railroad station is on US 25W, just west of I-75 and south of US 25E, 11-1/2 miles north of Williamsburg, and 11 miles east southeast of Barbourville. For years small farmsteads in the area were collectively called Lynn Camp for the creek which here separates Whitley and Knox counties. The creek was named for the camp of pioneer William Lynn who arrived at this site around 1800 with a party of hunters from Bowling Green, Virginia. He or his party is said to have gotten lost and the remains of the old campsite on the northeast bank of the creek were noted two years later by a search party, which then named the creek. When the L&N Railroad reach this vicinity in 1882 it named its station Lynn Camp. The post office, established on July 24, 1883, by storekeeper James Eaton, was called Cummins for the town’s proprietor and founder, Nelson Cummins, who was instrumental in getting the railroad station located here. On January 2, 1885, the post office was renamed by Eaton for Rev. James Corbin Floyd, a minister of the local Christian Church, whom he held in high regard. Since Eaton was also the L&N’s local agent, the station was also renamed Corbin. The town was incorporated in 1902.
Honeybee (McCreary County) – This post office on KY 90, 9-1/2 miles northeast of Whitley City, was established on September 21, 1905, with Jasper M. Harp, post master, and named for the swarms of honey bees that were then observed to fly wild in the nearby woods.
Jellico / Jellico Creek - This rail center on the Tennessee state line, nine miles south of Williamsburg, is generally identified with Tennessee though a section of it is clearly in Kentucky. This town, the nearby stream and community of Jellico Creek, the ex coal town of Bon Jellico, the Jellico and Bon Jellico Mountains - all in Whitley County - may have been named for a mountain in McCreary County called Angelica Mountain by the early pioneers. The mountain, in turn, is said to have been named for the angelica root found locally and supposed to have some medicinal value. Jellico Creek is said to have been identified before 1818. Yet is has also been said that the town, which was settled before 1800 may first have been called Smithburg for the large number of Smiths among its early settlers, was included as Jerrico, and that Jellico derived from a typographical error in the charter.
Nevisdale - This hamlet with post office is on KY 904, some three miles up Patterson creek from the Cumberland R and 6-102 miles east southeast of Williamsburg. According to Thomas Childers, when the Pine Mountain Railroad-West, a branch of the L&N, was built to this point early in this century, a foreman named Gillreath was asked to name the new station. He suggested that dale be added to the name of his son Nevel, and for some reason it became Nevisdale. The post office of this name was established on March 19, 1917, with John Goins, post master.
Tidalwave - This rural settlement with extinct post office is centered at the Tidal Wave Church on Carr Creek, 6-1/2 miles north of Williamsburg. The post office was established in this vicinity as Tidal Wave on April 12, 1878, with T. Foley, post master. It was respelled as one word in 1895. It is assumed by county historians that the name recalls an early flood, for such were often locally considered "tides" or "tidal waves."
Vine Grove - Contiguous to the larger and newer city of Radcliffe, centers at the junction of KY 144 and the Illinois Central Gulf RR, 6 miles northwest of Elizabethtown. It was first located 1-1/2 miles west, where KY 144 crosses Otter Creek. Here in 1850 Mike Flaherty opened a blacksmith shop, and on Aug 26, 1856, the post office was established with Anthony Swabentham, postmaster. It was named for the profusion of wild grape vines which grew intertwined in the oak forest that covered a major portion of the land at the town’s inception. In or shortly after 1865, in anticipation of the coming of the railroad that was completed in 1873, the town moved to its present site.
Rockholds - This village with post office and L&N Railroad station, centered on the junction of KY 26 and 511, five miles north of Williamsburg, was probably named for its first storekeeper and postmaster, Thomas Rockhold, and was first called Rockhold’s Store. The post office was established as Rockhold’s on July 18, 1838.
Title: Kentucky Place Names
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Author(s): Robert M Rennick
Publication Date: Nov 1, 1984
Dimensions: 6.01 x 9.19 x 0.81 in