Located in Cumberland County in South Central Ky

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Established in 1810

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Welcome to the City of Burkesville Website

A Welcome Message from the Mayor

Welcome to the City of Burkesville Website. Burkesville is located on the banks of the Cumberland River. Burkesville is situated 35 miles downstream from Wolf Creek Dam between Lake Cumberland and Dale Hollow Lake, in beautiful South-Central Kentucky. There are a variety of recreational opportunities including both rainbow and brown trout fishing, stripe bass fishing, kayaking, canoeing and boating on the Cumberland River. A 22 acre beautiful city park invites everyone to come and enjoy numerous events. The Southern Kentucky Softball Classic is a key event that takes place every year during the 4th of July week in the park and draws people from all over. Burkesville is a small town but we have big heartsadn love to show our southern hospitality. Burkesville is a wonderful place to live, raise a family, or just come down on the weekend for recreation on the nearby lakes.

City visitors reviewing this website can expect to find information about upcoming events and contacts for local city government elected officials and employees.

City residents can find useful forms, contacts, and information about city operation. Just click on the department of interest in any menu to find personnel information, forms, ordinances, fees, resolutions, and policies. Planning boards and commissions contacts are located at the bottom of the Mayor and City Government Page.


Burkesville is a Kentucky home rule city with a population of 1521.  Burkesville was incorporated as a city in 1846 and was named after Isham Burk, a prominent leading citizen at that time.  

In the nineteenth century when water transportation was feasible, riverboats navigated the Cumberland River which runs through the city providing goods to Burkesville and shipping crops and other manufacutred items to other locations.  The river is used today by recreational watercraft.

Notable residents in our area include two former governors of Kentucky, Thomas E. Bramlette & Preston H. Leslie, both born in Cumberland County.   Thomas Lincoln, the father of President Abraham Lincoln our 16th president, served as constable of Cumberland County from 1802-1804. Stanley Carter Pace, a decorated World War II hero and past Chief Executive Officer of both TRW and General Dynamics was born and raised in Burkesville. David L. Williams, former KY State Senator is a resident of Burkesville. He served as a Republican State Senator from 1992 until his retirement in 2011. Judge Williams served as KY State Senate President for an extended term. He is now serving as 40th Circuit Court Judge in Kentucky.

Mayor/Council Form of Government

 The mayor is elected for a four year term.  The mayor enforces the Mayor/Council Plan, city ordinances, orders, and applicable statutes.   He supervises all departments of city government and the conduct of all city officers and employees under his jurisdiction. Each department reports to him. Click here for more information on the mayor's office and city government operation.

The city council is elected for a two year term.  The Council duties are establishing codes, rules, ordinances, municipal orders, and regulations for the public health, safety and welfare to the public. Click here for more information on city council membership. The Council does not perform any executive functions except those assigned by statue.

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