Get to Know UWBG: Anderson County

For the past nine weeks, we have been featuring the counties United Way of the Bluegrass serves.


Last week, we featured Scott County. This week, let’s get to know Anderson County!

Anderson County consists of two cities: Alton and Lawrenceburg, which is the county seat. In 1827, the county was formed and named after Richard Clough Anderson, Jr., a Kentucky legislator, U.S. Congressman and Minister to Colombia. The county was established from land from Franklin, Mercer and Washington counties. Notable people from Anderson County include Ted Turner, a Major League Baseball Pitcher who played with the Chicago Cubs in 1920, and Anna Mac Clarke, who was the first African-American female commanding officer of a White Army regiment in 1942.


Lawrenceburg was settled in the 1780s by Jacob Kaufman, a German immigrant. It was originally called “Kaufman’s” or “Coffman’s Station”. It was renamed Lawrenceburg in 1827 after James Lawrence, a naval officer. Both the Four Roses and Wild Turkey bourbon distilleries are located in Lawrenceburg.


Alton was originally known as “Rough and Ready”, U.S. President Zachary Taylor’s nickname. The town was incorporated as “Rough and Ready” in 1850 but was renamed Alton in 1876.


At United Way of the Bluegrass, we are proud to work with the men and women of Anderson County to make a difference across the Bluegrass, including our incredible Anderson County Board of Trustees!


During the last fiscal year:


Your support through financial gifts and volunteer time help to make an impact in the following organizations that serve Anderson County:


Anderson County Adult Learning Center

  • AVOL Kentucky

  • Bluegrass Community & Technical College Foundation

  • Bluegrass Community Action Partnership

  • Bluegrass Council of the Blind

  • CASA of the Bluegrass

  • Child Care Council of Kentucky

  • Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council

  • GreenHouse17

  • Harvest Christian Ministries

  • Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky

  • Lamp and Light Ministries

  • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass

  • Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass

  • The Hearing & Speech Center


Stay tuned as we take a closer look at volunteers and an organization in Anderson County.


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