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Richmond is a city in and the county seat of Madison County, Kentucky, United States. It is named after Richmond, Virginia, and is the home of Eastern Kentucky University.

Richmond is a principal city of the Richmond–Berea Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Madison and Rockcastle counties.

Richmond operates under a City Manager form of government. The citizens elect a mayor and four city commissioners which

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form the Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners is the legislative body of the city government and represents the interests of the citizens when applicable. The Board of Commissioners appoints a city manager who administers the day-to-day operations of the city.

The mayor is elected for a term of four years. Each city commissioner is elected for a term of two years. The term of the city manager is indefinite.

TOURISM INFORMATION
If you're thinking of taking advantage of a beautiful day with your family, whether it's a hunger for the outdoors, sports, or history, Richmond's attractions and picturesque parks will satisfy any appetite.
The city's largest park, Lake Reba, has a little something for everyone. The 600-acre complex features baseball fields, soccer fields, a horseshoe complex, a walking trail, shelters, playground areas, and a 75-acre fishing lake with a fish cleaning station. Also on site is an 18-hole championship golf course at Gibson Bay that offers both a driving and putting range. If you're not ready for the championship challenge, Adventure Falls miniature golf with a batting cage complex is right around the corner.
The newest Lake Reba attraction is set to open Memorial Day, 2008. The Richmond family aquatic center will feature 49,260 square feet of beach and deck areas, 8100 square feet of shade structures, and a 1500 square foot spray ground. The $5.38 million complex also will have an eight-lane competition pool, a slide area, a splash area for kids, and areas that are handicapped accessible. In addition to Lake Reba, Richmond is home to several other parks, including Irvine-McDowell, Dillingham Heights, and E. C. Million Parks.
Attractions
Rich with history, Richmond has several eye-opening attractions. The Battle of Richmond Re-enactment takes place every year on the last weekend of August at Richmond's historic Battlefield Park. This re-enactment chronicles the most decisive victory for the Confederacy during the Civil War and is an intricate part of Richmond's history.
White Hall Historic Site, the home of fiery emancipationist and politician Cassius Marcellus Clay, is located on White Hall Shrine Road in Richmond. Guides costumed in 1860s apparel will lead you through the home April 1 ' Oct. 31 and during special events.
If you'd like to stay overnight in a historic home, The Bennett House offers a 19th-century bed and breakfast. Located on Main Street, the home features several rooms with private areas, including baths, dens, and office space. Rooms are available starting at $85 a night and special packages can be reserved for romantic getaways or a golfer's retreat.
If you're looking for something spectacular, visit the Hummel Space Theater's Space Voyager Planetarium. The largest planetarium in the United States, the Hummel Theater is located on the Eastern Kentucky University campus. One of only four of its kind in the world, the system simulates the sky as it would be seen from any point in space within 100 astronomical units of Earth.
 

  History
  The City of Richmond was founded in the year of 1798, by Colonel John Miller, who was active in the Revolutionary War as a soldier. According to local lore, Colonel Miller was attracted to the area by the uncommonly good spring water and friendly local Indian tribes. This same year, the county seat was moved from Milford to Richmond, which was the area owned by the Colonel at the time.

This caused numerous fights between residents of Milford, and the county and residents of Richmond who adamantly opposed the move. This resulted in a duel between Dave Kennedy and William Kearly (represented Richmond).

These fights' results were never recorded, but based on the fact that the county seat was changed to Richmond, it can be assumed that Richmond did in fact win. The name was officially given to the community in 1798 in honor of Miller's birthplace, Richmond, Virginia.
 
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