On December 13, 1800, Wayne County was formed from Pulaski and Cumberland Counties.
This 43rd Kentucky county was named for General "Mad Anthony" Wayne,
a hero of the Revolutionary War,
(March 16, 1801). The county seat, Monticello, was named for the home of Thomas Jefferson.
Wayne County and Monticello has 7 sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places plus 1 pending:
(1.) Battle of Mill Springs Historic Areas at Mill Springs,
(2.) Mill Springs Mill off KY 90 at Mill Springs,
(3.) Monticello Historic Commercial District located at Main and Columbia Streets,
(4.) Hotel Breeding (Home of the Wayne County Historical Society) on North Main Street,
(5.) Fairchild House (Home of Fairchild's Bed & Breakfast) on South Main Street,
(6.) Adkins - Hurt Mill,
(7.) West - Metcalfe House near Mill Springs,
(8.) and Wayne County High School (pending acceptance).