Jeffersontown, KY

Charlie Vettiner Golf Course

In 1794, Abraham Bruner acquired land in the area and divided a 40 acre tract into streets and lots. In 1797, the Jefferson County Court officially recognized the Town of Jefferson, although most residents called it Brunerstown. The town’s early merchants included a tobacconist, tailor, saddler, wheelwrights, stone cutters and other skilled tradesmen. The town later became incorporated as Jeffersontown.

In 1780 a Virginian name Edward Tyler settled in Louisville with his wife Ann. In 1783, the Edward acquired 1003 acres just east of what was to become Jeffersontown. The acreage was used for farming. Soon thereafter each of Edward’s sons established homesteads there and the area became known as the Tyler Settlement. Three of these homesteads still exist today and are known as the Tyler Settlement and Rural Historic District. Some portions of the rudimentary road system that connected the four homesteads also remain visible, or have become part of Jeffersontown road system. http://www.jeffersontownky.com/

Character
Jeffersontown, or “J-Town,” occupies a land mass of 9.9 square miles and consists of single family homes, apartments and shopping districts. The town offers a varied assortment of single family and condominium homes in a broad price range. Shopping is very convenient and includes every type of retail store. Jeffersontown is very much oriented towards outdoor activities. Besides the Vettiner and Blackacre venues listed below, there is a fabulous baseball/softball facility named Skyview Park, which is home to the Jeffersontown Area Youth Baseball and Softball. This organization is a chartered Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth League. Skyview Park offers a full size baseball field, 3 combination baseball/softball fields, two tee-ball fields, a playground and a pavilion. This facility has hosted many district and regional Little League tournaments and also the Little League World Series for Senior League Girls Softball.

Another example of the focus on youth and outdoors activities is the development of the Gaslight Recreational Workplace Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail System. This system of trails covers a wide area of town. http://www.jeffersontownky.com/RecTrail.html  There are also youth soccer, basketball and football organizations, which are all very active.

Amenities
Jeffersontown, in addition to the usual restaurants and shopping areas, has two parks, a nature preserve and an 18 hole public golf course.

The Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead cover about 300 acres or about half of the Tyler Settlement, a rural historic district that became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The preserve features six easy trails that meander through woodlands, meadows and pastures. There are also two ponds.  The historic Tyler homestead was the home of Presley and Phoebe Tyler and their ten children. The home was constructed in 1844. http://www.blackacreconservancy.org/Content/Public/Default.aspx?cpid=2

The Charlie Vettiner Golf Course is an 18 hole public facility. Adjacent to the golf course is the 283 acre Charlie Vettiner Park, which features a fishing lake, playground, disc golf, fitness course, 5 tennis courts, ball field,  2 volleyball courts, covered picnic facilities, basketball and a dog run.

The Jeffersontown Library is a part of the Louisville Free Public Library system. The existing library is a 14,000 square foot structure that opened in 1996. It features a wing devoted to children’s services and materials, an adult reference area with computer clusters, a meeting room/auditorium available for public use, a reading area, and an exhibit gallery. The Jeffersontown Museum occupies the south side of the structure.

Jeffersontown also has a large Senior Citizens Center. The facility, which is adjacent to the library, offers a wide variety of activities ranging from board games, dancing, sewing, cards, crafts, fitness, quilting, and computer classes.

Demographics
Per the 2010 Census Bureau, Jeffersontown’s median household income is $55,034, compared with $45,352 for all of Jefferson County. In 2010 the population was 26,595, which were 38 persons below the level in 2000. This population breaks down as follows: Under 18 (22.7%), Over 64 (13.6%). Also 30.3% held a bachelors degree or higher. The average homeownership rate over the 2006-2010 periods was 67.4%. (Note: All of this data, other than the population numbers, were based upon the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey of 5 year estimates, which are updated annually. For example, the income and home ownership rates were based upon averages over the 2006-2010 periods.)

Attention Downsizers
Jeffersontown is an excellent choice for those wishing to find a smaller home. This section of Jefferson County has both large and small homes of every age and style. Shopping is convenient, as are the expressways.