Winchester Bankruptcy Attorneys
The Lexington, KY, lawyers at Bunch & Brock have years of experience helping individuals throughout Kentucky, providing quality representation in matters of business bankruptcy, personal bankruptcy, business law, estate planning, and trusts.
Sitting on I-64 just seven miles from the north-south lifeline that is I-75, Clark County has always been a hotbed of activity. Records show that at least 19 pioneer settlements were established here, including Strode’s Station (near Winchester), McGee’s Station (near Becknerville), Holder’s Station (on Lower Howard’s Creek), and Boyle’s Station (near Strode’s Station). In fact, the current County Courthouse was erected in 1853 at the site of the Old Stone Meeting House in Captain William Bush’s settlement on Lower Howard’s Creek. The centerpiece of the 21-acre Winchester Downtown Commercial District, this building is still the home of the Circuit Courtroom and Family Courtroom for the Administrative Office of the Courts. However, all bankruptcy issues are dealt with at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky at 100 East Vine Street in Lexington.
As with many Kentucky counties, the boundaries of today’s Clark County were carved from previously established places. In 1792, Bourbon and Fayette counties (then part of Virginia) gave up land to form a new county named for Revolutionary War hero General George Rogers Clark. This “Father of Louisville” and older brother of explorer William Clark (one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) is also referred to as the “Conqueror of the Old Northwest” due to his role in weakening the British control over much of present day Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
After threats from the British and the Native Americans waned, the county’s distilleries and mills began to thrive, as did its tobacco crops. Eventually bolstered by the railroads, 1-64, and the Mountain Parkway, the area grew into a thriving business and industrial center. Although manufacturing has now become the area’s primary livelihood, it has never strayed far from its agricultural roots, with more than 90 percent of its land still occupied by farms. Clark County boasts 67 properties on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Major John Martin House in Pine Grove, the Civil War Fort at Boonesboro in Ford, and the Indian Fort Earthworks in Goffs Corner. More than half of the properties are located in the county seat of Winchester, such as Vinewood, the Mound Hill Archeological Site, Colby Tavern, the Governor James A. Clark mansion, and the Goshen Primitive Baptist Church.
Founded in 1793, Winchester’s historic charm seamlessly coexists alongside an abundance of modern offerings. The beautiful Victorian styled architecture of Main Street features locally owned shops and restaurants as well as the Bluegrass Heritage Museum housed in the signature Romanesque Revival Guerrant Clinic building. A walking tour of the area can even be downloaded to your cellphone. If you’re visiting, make sure you walk on the “High Side” of the street as it is one of the only elevated sidewalks in Kentucky and be sure to sample an Ale-8-One (a KY-specific soft drink that has been bottled in Winchester since 1926).
Downtown Winchester is often bustling with a number of festivals and events including Moonlight Movie Nights, Rock the Block Concerts, the MoonTower Music Festival, the Paisley Midwest Party (celebrating the life and music of Prince), and the Bluegrass Heritage Festival & Burgoo Cook-Off (held the second weekend in October). Each Labor Day Weekend, the city welcomes an estimated 30,000 visitors when it hosts the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival. Beginning with a street dance on Friday evening and ending with a Sunday evening concert featuring nationally known country music entertainers, the weekend is filled with arts and crafts, food vendors, a talent contest, a 5K run, a Walk with Friends, and more. As the birthplace of beer cheese, Winchester also hosts the Kentucky Beer Cheese Festival, drawing nearly 20,000 people in 2016. Festival attendees can sample and vote for their favorite beer cheese from amateur and commercial beer cheese makers. In case you were wondering, vendors say most recipes for beer cheese have four main ingredients; beer, cheese, cayenne pepper, and garlic.
For a different kind of shopping experience, treasure hunters swear by the Winchester Peddler’s Mall on the west side of town. If shopping isn’t your thing, consider taking in a show at the Leeds Center for the Arts, visiting the tasting room at the Hamon Haven Winery, or exploring the Red River Gorge Geological Area and its many hiking trails for every ability level.
Well-located and well-loved, Clark County is within 100 miles of three major metropolitan cities and three international airports, as well as within a few miles of several major thoroughfares. Rolling landscapes, vibrant businesses, and down-home hospitality combine to make this area a quintessential Bluegrass experience.