Richmond | Our City

The Richmond Community

Richmond city photoSituated just off Interstate 75, just a short drive from Lexington, Richmond is the third–largest city in the Bluegrass region, behind Louisville and Lexington, and is the state’s sixth-largest city.

With a population of more than 27,000, the city is home to Eastern Kentucky University and is the county seat for Madison County. The county has a thriving arts community that includes the Richmond Area Arts Council, Eastern Kentucky University’s 2,000-seat Center for the Arts, and historic Berea College’s unique artisan community.

Richmond’s downtown business district hosts numerous family events, including a seasonal farmers market, Third Thursday Downtown, and an annual car show. The city’s architecture includes many Victorian-style buildings, such as the Glyndon Hotel, a Main Street landmark.

Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmond boasts several parks, including the scenic Lake Reba recreational complex, which includes Gibson Bay Municipal Golf Course and Adventure Falls Miniature Golf and Batting Cages, as well as sports fields, trails, a playground, a dog park, picnic pavilions, and fishing and boating. Designed by internationally renowned Michael Hurzdan, Gibson Bay is an 18-hole, par 72, 7,100-yard course. Fort Boonesborough State Park features a reconstructed working fort on the banks of the Kentucky River, with resident artisans performing demonstrations, giving visitors a glimpse of what life was like for pioneers in Kentucky. The park also offers year-round camping and a junior Olympic-size swimming pool.