Keene, Kentucky

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Keene, Kentucky
Keene is located in Kentucky
Keene is located in the United States
Coordinates: 37°56′36″N 84°38′31″W / 37.94333°N 84.64194°W / 37.94333; -84.64194Coordinates: 37°56′36″N 84°38′31″W / 37.94333°N 84.64194°W / 37.94333; -84.64194
CountryUnited States
Named forKeene, New Hampshire
906 ft (276 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
GNIS feature ID495592[2]

Keene is a home rule-class city located in Jessamine County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is home to the Keene Springs Hotel. The U.S. Census Bureau does not record Keene as a city and does not publish a population figure for the community.


The community grew up around a stone mill erected in 1794 and was originally laid out as "North Liberty" in 1813. In 1830, however, the first postmaster Ephraim Carter named his new post office after Keene, New Hampshire, the hometown he shared with local store owner Harvey Huggins.[3] The city was formally incorporated by the state assembly in 1844.[1]

It was also known as "Hard Scrabble".[4]


Keene is in northwestern Jessamine County along Keene Troy Pike, 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Lexington and 6 miles (10 km) northwest of Nicholasville, the Jessamine County seat. It sits on the north side of the valley of a tributary of Cave Spring Creek, flowing west to Clear Creek, a tributary of the Kentucky River.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Keene has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Commonwealth of Kentucky. Office of the Secretary of State. Land Office. "Keene, Kentucky". Accessed 1 August 2013.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Keene, Kentucky
  3. ^ Rennick, Robert. Kentucky Place Names, p. 158. University Press of Kentucky (Lexington), 1987. Accessed 1 August 2013.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: GNIS detail showing alternate names
  5. ^ "Keene, Kentucky Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase. Retrieved 2018-03-21.