City of Somerset Kentucky

Somerset Ky City Guide
  Area Parks
  Cumberland Falls State Park
  General Burnside State Park
  Levi Jackson State Park
  Old Fort Harrod State Park
  Pine Mountain State Park
  Daniel Boone National Forest
  Dr. Thomas Walker Historic Site
  Big South Fork National Park


Nestled between Lake Cumberland and the Daniel Boone National Forest, Somerset, Kentucky and Pulaski County attracts more than 1.5 million tourists each year. Lake Cumberland is one of the largest man made lakes in the nation. Its 1255 miles of shoreline serves as a great place for boating, fishing, and skiing. Its southern hospitality makes guests feel right at home.   Tourism is one of most important economic aspects of Somerset, due to its proximity to

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Lake Cumberland and several other events that are held throughout the year. Lake Cumberland alone generates approximately $150 million dollars in revenue each year . The city also holds the annual Master Musician's Festival, which has featured such performers as Sam Bush, Old Crow Medicine Show, Murder By Death, and Nickel Creek. Somerset is home to the Somernites Cruise Car Show, the largest monthly car show in the state. The Battle of Mill Springs took place in nearby Nancy, KY and the reenactments held there often draw large crowds.

Commerce, driven in part by the area's tourism, thrives in Somerset. The city is home to a small mall and several shopping centers. Most of these stores, as well as many restaurants and hotels are located along Highway 27, making up the state's longest stretch of businesses outside of Louisville and Lexington.

Industry also plays a role in the city's economy. Somerset is home to the Valley Oak Technology Complex, a key industrial center in the state, housing such companies as Science Applications International Corporation, Safeauto, Presidium Learning and others. Somerset's location along Lake Cumberland has caused it to become a major houseboat manufacturing center. Both Sumerset Houseboats and Sharpe Houseboats are located in Somerset. The city also has auto-associated, flooring, wood-associated, and other industries. Somerset has also increasingly been taking on the functions of a major medical center, with many doctor's offices and Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital being one of the largest in the state.

The medical community is growing rapidly and continues to provide great opportunities for those in the medical field. Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital is a regional hub for the regions only advanced medical services. Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital is a JACHO accredited hospital with 259 beds Hospital & Community Tour.

  Somerset was first settled in 1798 by Thomas Hansford and several members of the Jasper family and it received its name from Somerset County, New Jersey, the place where some of the settlers once lived. Somerset became the county seat of Pulaski County in 1802 and was incorporated as a city in 1887. A significant Civil War battle was fought at Mill Springs (now "Nancy") about 8 miles west of Somerset, and a museum exists at the site of the battle. The completion of Lake Cumberland in 1950 transformed Somerset from a sleepy rural community into one of the largest recreation centers in Kentucky drawing more than 1.7 million visitors yearly, the bulk of which occurs between the Memorial and Labor Day holidays. Lake Cumberland is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world (101 miles in length, with an average depth of 85 feet and a normal pool containing more than 2 trillion gallons of water). Somerset is also close to Cumberland Falls and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area; its tourism industries are, in part, due to its scenic and varied landscape.
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