on December 20, 1798, from parts of Warren and Green counties, it was named for
the barrens, the meadowlands that covers the northern third of the county.
of the first explorers were the Long Hunters led by Henry Skaggs, who camped on
Beaver Creek in 1769. Many
pioneers traveled the Cumberland Trace, which passed through the northern part
of the county, connected with Daniel Boone's Wilderness Road at Hazel Patch, and
went on to Lexington and Limestone (now Maysville).
Many of the early settlers were Revolutionary War
veterans who received grants of land south of the Green River reserved for that
purpose by Virginia. Seventy percent of the original settlers came from
Virginia; more than 80 percent of the early settlers were English, Scottish,
Welsh or Irish in background.
county seat was named Glasgow which was named for Glasgow, Virginia in Amherst
County where many of the early settlers came from, and to honor the early
lines later linked the area to Nashville, Louisville, and Lexington. A
well-known stage line of the last half of the nineteenth century ran from Park
City through Glasgow to Burkesville.