Falls of Rough, Kentucky

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Falls of Rough
Grist mill, now abandoned and partially destroyed, Grayson County, KY
Grist mill, now abandoned and partially destroyed, Grayson County, KY
Falls of Rough is located in Kentucky
Falls of Rough
Falls of Rough
Location within the state of Kentucky
Falls of Rough is located in the United States
Falls of Rough
Falls of Rough
Falls of Rough (the United States)
Coordinates: 37°35′24″N 86°32′56″W / 37.59000°N 86.54889°W / 37.59000; -86.54889Coordinates: 37°35′24″N 86°32′56″W / 37.59000°N 86.54889°W / 37.59000; -86.54889
CountryUnited States
486 ft (148 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
GNIS feature ID507976[1]

Falls of Rough is an unincorporated community mostly located in Breckinridge County, and a smaller part in Grayson County, Kentucky, United States.


Falls of Rough lies on the boundary between Breckinridge and Grayson Counties. Many Indian relics have been found here from several different tribes.[2] In 1792 George Washington owned 5,000 acres in the area. In 1790 the power of the falls were harnessed with the building of a new mill. The first settler there was George Wilson from North Carolina who built the first dam in the area. Some years after purchasing several thousand acres at the falls, Benjamin Sebastian, one of the first Kentucky Appellate Court judges, sold it all to Willis Green. In 1823 Willis Green built the house and store that still stand today.[2]

When the Falls of Rough post office originally opened in 1830 it bore Green's name. It was later renamed in 1850 for a nearby rapid on the Rough River.[3]

In 1855, the rock dam built by Willis Green washed out. Lafe Green borrowed $20,000 from B.F. Beard to rebuild it. The stonework in the new dam was done by Edgar Bennett and has thus far stood the trials of time. After years of operation the saw mill ran out of quality trees in the area and shut down in 1933. Between 1915 and 1920 the Greens owned over 8,000 acres of land making it the largest single farming operation in the state at the time. A flour mill also operated here. They processed 6,250 barrels of flour a day. The best grade was called "Grayson Lily", the next "White Rose", and the third "Good Enough".[2]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Falls of Rough has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[4]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Falls of Rough, Kentucky
  2. ^ a b c Thompson, William. http://www.usgwarchives.net/ky/breckinridge/towns/hudson.html
  3. ^ Rennick, Robert M. (1987). Kentucky Place Names. University Press of Kentucky. p. 98. Retrieved 2013-04-28.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Falls of Rough, Kentucky