Draffenville, Kentucky

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Draffenville is an unincorporated community in Marshall County, Kentucky, United States.[1] It is next to Benton, and lies at the intersection of the Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway, U.S. Route 68, and U.S. Route 641. Several businesses, Marshall County High School, and Mike Miller County Park are located in the community.

Draffenville resulted from the construction of the Kentucky Dam in the late 1930s. Businesses sprang up to service the workers on the dam. The town is named for Charley Draffen, a prominent landowner at the time of the dam's construction.[2]

The Kentucky Opry operates a music hall in Draffenville. On Sundays, the theater is the home of Kentucky Lake Cowboy Church, organized by theater owner Clay Campbell and Chris Clarke, a Southern Baptist missionary from Burna, who ministers to the equestrian community.[3]

On January 23, 2018, a shooting occurred at Marshall County High School, killing two people and wounding 18 others. A 15-year-old male student was arrested.


  1. ^ "Draffenville". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 84. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Misti Drew, The Kentucky Opry Introduces Kentucky Lake Cowboy Church, June 18, 2010". marshallcountydaily.com. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 

Coordinates: 36°55′32″N 88°20′30″W / 36.92556°N 88.34167°W / 36.92556; -88.34167