Mount Vernon is the county seat of Rockcastle County and is located at the junction of US 25 and US 150, two miles west of I-75. Nationally known for The Renfro Valley Barn Dance, Mt. Vernon is also home to the county's two industrial parks, thriving commerce districts surrounding the two interstate exits and a downtown historic section with delightful shopping opportunities.
Mt. Vernon is home to the Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center, a nationally renowned healthcare facility.
The area was first settled in 1790 around a feature called Spout
Springs. Much of the area was originally swampland. The settlement was
named for George Washington's home, Mt. Vernon. The Wilderness Road was
routed through in 1792, and was the principle settlement when Rockcastle
created in 1810.
In 1883, a Louisville & Nashville railroad branch was built through the town, connecting it to Louisville and to Knoxville. The county's first newspaper, the Mountain Signal, began publication in 1887. Although still a largely rural town and county, the construction of I-75 in the 1970s has drawn industry to the area, and the population has increased about 50% since 1970.
Mayor, Mt. Vernon
Downtown Mt. Vernon is a well preserved display of historic architecture. Some downtown businesses, like Cox's Hardware have been in the same location for many generations.
A number of antique stores make Mt. Vernon a destination for shoppers.