Danville-Boyle County's history expands as the community continues to grow. Boyle County was formed in 1842 from sections of Lincoln County and Mercer County. With a total land area of about 183 square miles, it comprises several cities that offer residents interesting exhibits and activities. With so much space, Boyle County features a geographical range that varies from hills in the west to Lake Herrington in the east. This terrain gives Boyle County a strong agricultural history that continues today in its lush rolling fields.
With a population of more than 15,000, Danville is the county seat of Boyle County, Ky. Danville is the anchor between Boyle and Lincoln counties, which makes it the primary city in the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Its prime location between those two counties facilitates expansions both economically and socially. In 2008, Site Selection magazine ranked Danville 41st out of 694 micro-communities in the United States for new and expanding economic developments. Partially fueling this growth, Centre College, a premier liberal arts college, draws hundreds of new students to the area each year. Additionally, Danville proudly offers residents several historical attractions including 62 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located in western Boyle County, Perryville is home to more than 700 residents and also part of the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area.
As the site of the key 1862 Battle of Perryville, the city showcases several historic and educational landmarks. In fact, the site of the 1862 battle has been made a National Historic Landmark area and preserved as a state park. Additionally, the city of Perryville was put on the National Register of Historic Places because of its contributions to American history. One of the city's most famous historical sites Merchant's Row, located on the banks of the Chaplin River, has contemporary shops operating in buildings that date back as far as the early 1840s.
With a population of more than 2,000 residents, Junction City borders Lincoln County, making it another city within the Danville Micropolitan Statistical Area. Once home to the Louisville & Nashville Railroad and Norfolk Railroad, Junction City is now characterized as a mostly residential community that thrives off agriculture.
As a small, unincorporated community, the town of Forkland offers its residents an old-fashioned charm that is rare to find in modern times. The Forkland Community Center holds an annual Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue. Residents will find quaint attractions such as countryside wagon tours to a woodland waterfall, a silent auction for custom handcrafted items, walking tours to a working sorghum molasses mill, Cherokee summerhouse and Civil War re-enactors' encampment.