Frenchburg, Kentucky
Walnut Street
Walnut Street
Location in Menifee County, Kentucky
Location in Menifee County, Kentucky
Coordinates: 37°57′11″N 83°37′38″W / 37.95306°N 83.62722°W / 37.95306; -83.62722
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.84 sq mi (2.18 km2)
 • Land0.84 sq mi (2.17 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
873 ft (266 m)
 • Total601
 • Density715.48/sq mi (276.33/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code606
FIPS code21-29260
GNIS feature ID0512254

Frenchburg is a home rule-class city in Menifee County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 601 at the 2020 census,[2] up from 486 in 2010. It is the seat and only incorporated city in its rural county.[3] It is located at the junction of U.S. Route 460 and Kentucky Route 36. Logging is the primary industry.[4]

Frenchburg is part of the Mount Sterling Micropolitan Statistical Area.


The historic Caudel House

Frenchburg was laid out in 1869 to be the county seat of newly formed Menifee County and was named for Robert French, a local lawyer and judge.[5][6] It was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1871.[7]

Frenchburg was nearly destroyed on June 27, 1882, when Beaver Creek flooded, sweeping away all but three buildings and killing six people.[4]

In 1910 the United Presbyterian Center was established in Frenchburg as the only secondary education for Menifee County by Dr. Edward Owings Guerrant, a physician and preacher. A hospital was built in 1915 and served as the only one between Lexington and Ashland for many years. In 1978 the campus was admitted to the National Register for Historic Places as Frenchburg School Campus for its educational, social, and religious significance.[8]


Frenchburg is located at 37°57′11″N 83°37′38″W / 37.95306°N 83.62722°W / 37.95306; -83.62722 (37.953176, -83.627210), northwest of the center of Menifee County.[9] It sits in the valley of Beaver Creek, where it is joined from the south by Blythes Branch.

Via U.S. 460, Mount Sterling is 21 miles (34 km) to the northwest, and West Liberty is 27 miles (43 km) to the east. KY 36 leads north from Frenchburg 18 miles (29 km) to Owingsville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.84 square miles (2.2 km2), of which 0.001 square miles (0.003 km2), or 0.12%, are water.[1] Beaver Creek flows northeast to join the Licking River in Cave Run Lake.


The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).[10]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
Menifee County Courthouse

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 551 people, 245 households, and 174 families residing in the city. The population density was 528.4 inhabitants per square mile (204.0/km2). There were 279 housing units at an average density of 267.5 per square mile (103.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.64% White, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 245 households, out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.6% were married couples living together, 19.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.66.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.5% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,350, and the median income for a family was $28,333. Males had a median income of $25,221 versus $19,286 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,288. About 22.0% of families and 27.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.5% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.

Law and government

Frenchburg is a sixth-class city governed by a mayor-commission form of government. The current mayor is Edward Bryant. The city commission is made up of four members: James D. Baker, Della Brown, Steve Peck, and Dwain Benson. Frenchburg is located in Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.[13]


The city is home to Menifee County High School, and newly constructed Menifee Central.

Frenchburg has a lending library, a branch of the Menifee County Public Library.[14]


The area was served by the Foothills Courier newspaper from June 1996 until January 2007. The newspaper was a private, non-affiliated publication, supported by local individuals and businesses. The business failed to financially sustain itself after the death of its editor on October 18, 2006. The Foothills Courier was bought out shortly thereafter by the Menifee County News, an affiliated publication from Carlisle, Kentucky.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "2022 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Kentucky". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  2. ^ a b "P1. Race – Frenchburg city, Kentucky: 2020 DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Bryant, Ron D. (1992). "Frenchburg". In Kleber, John (ed.). Encyclopedia of Kentucky. p. 358. Retrieved on 2010-06-29
  5. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 110. ISBN 0813126312. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 132.
  7. ^ Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Frenchburg, Kentucky". Accessed 26 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Frenchburg School Campus".
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Frenchburg, Kentucky
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ Kentucky Secretary of State - Land Office Retrieved on 2010-06-29
  14. ^ "Kentucky Public Library Directory". Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.