Big Reedy, Kentucky
|Big Reedy, Kentucky|
|Elevation||456 ft (139 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CST (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||507508|
Big Reedy is an unincorporated community in the northwest corner of Edmonson County, Kentucky, United States, near the boundaries of Grayson and Butler counties. It is approximately 25 miles (40 km) due north of Bowling Green.
Big Reedy is part of the Bowling Green Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The Big Reedy community is named for Big Reedy Creek, a tributary of the Green River which drains the watershed along the Edmonson County side of the current Butler and Edmonson County lines; the adjacent Little Reedy Creek drains a similar area of Butler County. John May and company recorded surveying 14,200 acres (57 km2) on Big Reedy Creek on November 14, 1783. The community was established prior to the 1825 formation of Edmonson County in the section of Edmonson which was originally part of Grayson County. Many of the settlers were Revolutionary War and War of 1812 veterans, with a preponderance of settlers coming originally from Virginia, though many lived for several years in eastern Kentucky before crossing to Big Reedy.
Various independent schools existed in the community prior to the consolidation of all Edmonson County schools in the 1950s, and some of the original school buildings are preserved though not in usable form.
Current community activities are centered on three churches, some small shops, and one restaurant. Most employment and entertainment is found in Brownsville, the county seat of Edmonson County; Caneyville, the nearest large community in Grayson County, and in Bowling Green. Several historic cemeteries exist in various states of preservation.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Big Reedy, Kentucky
- Jillison, Willard Rouse. Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds: A Complete Index to the Earliest Land Entries, Military Warrants, Deeds, and Wills of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Filson Club Publications #34, 1926; Reprinted Clearfield, 2008.