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Nicholasville 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.

Founded in 1798 and formally incorporated in 1837, Nicholasville, Kentucky, is the seat of Jessamine County and was named after Colonel George Nicholas, one of the fathers of the state constitution. From its humble beginnings as the crossroads that led from Lexington to Danville and from East Hickman Creek to the Jessamine Creek, it has undergone incredibly rapid growth with a 380 percent increase in population since 1970. With a population hovering around 30,000, Nicholasville is now the 11th largest settlement in the state. Downtown Nicholasville is a mere six miles south of Fayette County, and its location makes it a great place to live for the many people who commute to Lexington. In fact, Jessamine County itself was established from land that was given by Fayette County.

While much of the area is known for bourbon, the city was the first in the country to have a commercial vineyard and winery. Established by the Kentucky General Assembly in the late 18th century, the aptly named “First Vineyard” helped bring European wine making to the United States. To this day, Nicholasville is the proud home of the annual Kentucky Wine & Vine Fest, which has been crowned the “Official Wine Festival of Kentucky.”

The festival pairs warm spring days in May with delectable wines from amateur winemakers and commercial vineyards. Over one dozen Kentucky wineries set up booths for tastings, including Jean Farris Winery, Talon Winery, and Elk Creek Vineyards. The event offers a range of wine-centered experiences such as the Creative Art League of Jessamine County Wine & Vine Art Walk, the Kentucky Arts & Crafts Show, the Kentucky Good Life Expo, Run for the Merlot 5K and 1K, and demonstrations on “Cooking with Kentucky Wine.” Make a long weekend out of it by sitting down to the Kentucky Farm to Table dinner where you can savor the previous year’s award-winning wines, listen to live music, and dine on a gourmet meal by starlight prepared by local chefs. Follow up with a tour of one of the nation’s most respected horse farms, Taylor Made Farm, then stop at Chrisman Mill Vineyards for a straight-out-of-Tuscany experience. You can even tour First Vineyard and learn about its spectacular history.

In spite of this famous wine festival, Jessamine County, believe it or not, is actually considered “dry.” The county voted to continue the ban of alcohol sales after the Prohibition era ended in 1933. Nicholasville was granted an exception, however, allowing the festival to continue year after year. Chrisman Mill Vineyards is located outside of Nicholasville in the dry portion of the county, but is officially authorized to operate and sell their products.

Balance a weekend of whimsy with a sobering reminder of the nation’s Civil War heritage, by taking a trip to the Camp Nelson Civil War Site located along US 27 about five miles south of Nicholasville. Originally, the camp covered 4,000 acres and was well protected by natural defenses. The palisades (that’s the term for those immense limestone cliff formations cut out by the Kentucky River) surrounded the base on the south, east, and west sides, offering a natural wall, while a line of earthen fortifications secured the northern boundary. On a hill south of the main complex, Fort Bramlette was built to overlook the river and creek to watch for forces from the rear. Due in part to its size and security, Camp Nelson became the third largest training depot for African Americans, ultimately recruiting more than 10,000 African American soldiers to the Union Army. In addition, many of the soldiers brought their families with them, leading to the establishment of a refugee camp where thousands of African Americans gained their freedom.

Learn more about the important roles Camp Nelson played in the Civil War while gazing at the awe-inspiring Kentucky landscape by exploring the more than five miles of trails that are open most days until dusk. Then check out the unique artifacts and photos on display at Camp Nelson Heritage Park Interpretive Center to help you visualize the life of a Civil War soldier. Think you might have a Civil War solider on your extended family tree? Stop by and do a little research with the Civil War Ancestor Toolbox.

With the Palisades’ importance as both a natural and historic landmark, the Jim Beam Nature Preserve is committed to protecting a portion. Open to the public for nature study, hiking, and bird watching, this truly spectacular site is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. This area is even a feeding habitat for rare bat species.

Protection of a different sort can be found on Main Street as part of the 22,000 square foot Lockmaster Security Institute, a state-of-the-art facility that provides education in locksmithing and security. The largest collection of timelocks, safelocks, padlocks and locking devices on display in the world is featured here, gathered by Harry C. Miller who holds 54 patents in the lock industry. Also on Main Street sits the Jessamine County Courthouse, which offers many services such as marriage licenses, property taxes, and zoning issues. 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.