Midway, Kentucky

Midway, Kentucky
—  City  —
East Main Street in Midway
Location of Midway, Kentucky
Coordinates: 38°9′2″N 84°40′59″W / 38.15056°N 84.68306°W / 38.15056; -84.68306Coordinates: 38°9′2″N 84°40′59″W / 38.15056°N 84.68306°W / 38.15056; -84.68306
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Woodford
Founded 1835
 – Mayor Tom Bozarth
 – Total 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 – Land 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 827 ft (252 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 1,620
 – Density 1,484.3/sq mi (573.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 40347
Area code(s) 859
FIPS code 21-52140
GNIS feature ID 0498164
View looking west from intersection of Highway 62 and Main Street

Midway is a city in Woodford County, Kentucky, United States. Its population was 1,620 at the 2000 census. It is located midway between Frankfort and Lexington along the single-track railroad between them. It is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is home to a major thoroughbred race horse breeding operation, Three Chimneys Farm. In 2003, faced with a declining downtown, a major streetscape renovation project began as part of Main Street Kentucky. New period structures and lighting brought new life to the town.



The area around Midway was inhabited by Indian Mound Builders. Two large Indian mounds have been identified on nearby farms, as well as several smaller mounds.[1]

What is now the town of Midway, was once a farm belonging to John Francisco "consisting of two hundred and sixteen acres, one rood and twenty poles of land". It was sold to the Lexington and Ohio Railroad Company on 31 January 1835 for $6,491.25. It became Kentucky's first railroad town. Midway was purposely located an equal distance between the cities of Lexington and Frankfort, along the railroad. The town is also equidistant between Versailles and Georgetown. The major streets of Midway were named in honor of the railroads first officials.[1] Midway shows up as Leesburg on two 1850s era Kentucky maps [2]

Many homes and businesses in Midway are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Zeralda James, mother of Frank and Jesse James was born in the Black Horse Inn at the intersection of US62 and Old Frankfort Pike. She lived there with her father who ran the tavern.[1]

Weisenberger Mill has been in the Weisenberger family for six generations. It is the oldest continuously operating mill in Kentucky and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Annual events

  • Francisco's Farm Arts Festival (June 25 & 26, 2011) The focus of the event is the outdoor exhibition of juried fine art and fine craft, giving the opportunity to meet and purchase art from the creators themselves. Located at the beautiful campus of Equus Run Vineyards (1280 Moores Mill Road, Midway, KY), this event promises to be a destination of artists and buyers for years to come.[3]
  • Midway Fall Festival (September 17 & 18, 2011) Nestled in the heart of Kentucky's bluegrass region, the Midway Fall Festival has been named one of Kentucky's top twenty festivals. The festival features crafts, food, demonstrators, entertainment and children's activities.[4]
  • Midway Independence Day Celebration (July 3, 2009)


  • Thoroughbred Theater is 150-seat theater that is a venue for local talent and visiting artists. The facility is also available for public and private use for presentations, benefits, meetings, gatherings, birthday parties, and memorials. The Theater closed in 2011.


Current Schools

Defunct Schools

  • Midway Elementary (Closed 1992, Succeeded by Northside Elementary)
  • Midway High School (Closed 1964, Succeeded by Woodford County High School)

List of Churches


Midway is located in the northern section of Woodford county in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, an area with farms that produce tobacco, corn, cattle, and horses. Midway is located at 38°9′2″N 84°40′59″W / 38.15056°N 84.68306°W / 38.15056; -84.68306 (38.150484, -84.683014)[5]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all land.


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,620 people, 623 households, and 409 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,484.3 per square mile (573.1 /km2). There were 672 housing units at an average density of 615.7 per square mile (237.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.81% White, 7.72% African American, 0.31% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.17% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.

There were 623 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.96.

21.0% of the population was under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 75.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,909, and the median income for a family was $60,326. Males had a median income of $35,795 versus $32,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,528. About 2.0% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.6% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b c d "Midway Kentucky: History". Midway, Kentucky. http://www.meetmeinmidway.com/history/. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  2. ^ Mitchell, Samuel Augustus. "Kentucky". 1846_Burroughs_-_Mitchell_Map_of_Kentucky_-_Geographi09cus_-_KT-m-1846.jpg. Geographicus. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1846_Burroughs_-_Mitchell_Map_of_Kentucky_-_Geographi09cus_-_KT-m-1846.jpg. Retrieved 2011-05-22. , Mitchell, Samuel Augustus. "Kentucky". 1846_Burroughs_-_Mitchell_Map_of_Kentucky_-_Geographi09cus_-_KT-m-1850.jpg. Cowperthwait. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1850_Cowperthwait_Map_of_Kentucky_-_Geographicus_-_KT-m-50.jpg. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Francisco's Farm Arts Festival". Francisco's Farm. http://www.franciscosfarm.org/. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  4. ^ "37th Annual Midway Fall Festival". Midway Fall Festival. http://www.midwayfallfestival.org/. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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