Keene, Kentucky

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Keene is located in Kentucky
Location within the state of Kentucky
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
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Jessamine
Incorporated 1844[1]
Named for the hometown of the local postmaster
Elevation 906 ft (276 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
GNIS feature ID 495592[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 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]


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.