Bullitt County History

Mount Vernon Becomes Mt. Washington

In 1829 the Kentucky General Assembly passed an act that renamed Mount Vernon in Bullitt County to Mt. Washington, and also extended its boundaries. We have transcribed this act below.


From Acts Passed at the First Session of the Thirty-seventh General Assembly for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1829, pages 111-112

Chap 129

An ACT to alter the name and extend the limits of the Town of Mount Vernon in Bullitt county, and to regulate the powers of the Trustees of Glasgow.

Sec. 1, BE it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, That from and after the passage of this act, the town of Mount Vernon, in the county of Bullitt, shall be styled and known by the name of "Mount Washington," and the trustees thereof shall be known by the name and style of the trustees of Mount Washington, and by that name shall sue and be sued, and in all respects the business and duties of said trustees shall be conducted as though the name of said town had not been changed, according to the law now in force.

Sec. 2. Be it further enacted, That the trustees of said town of Mount Washington be, and they are hereby allowed and permitted to enlarge the said town so as to include ten acres of land belonging to Samuel Evans, lying on the western end of said town, to be situated on each side of the main road leading from Bardstown to Louisville, to be laid off in such form and manner as the said trustees shall direct, with convenient streets and alleys running through the same. The said trustees shall cause a survey to be made of said enlargement and record the same on the record book of said trustees, and also a copy thereof in the clerk's office of the Bullitt county court, taking care that said lots shall contain one acre each, and that they be numbered so as to correspond with the numbers already affixed to the lots of said town, as now laid off.

Sec. 3. Be it further enacted, That when the said survey shall be made and approved of by said trustees, and recorded as herein before directed, the jurisdiction of the said trustées shall extend to the said enlargement, and be in all respects under the government of the trustees of said town, in the same manner that they now entertain jurisdiction in and govern the said town of Mount Washington, according to the laws now in force concerning the same.

Sec. 1. Be it further enacted, That the trustees of the town of Glasgow, shall not bave authority to impose a quarter poll tax on each citizen, than seventy-five cents, nor more than six and one fourth cents on each hundred dollars worth of taxable property within the limils of said town,

Approved, January 29, 1829


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