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Interesting pair of maps showing towns that were never built in the present-day state of Kentucky.

Franklinville located in Mason County, was formed on paper in 1794 by a group of London speculators. The town was to be built beside the North Fork of the Kentucky River on plans drafted by a London engineer. It reflected the aspirations of the time in the classical precision of its plan. Seventy six squares were to be developed about a central park. There was to be a college, a church, a theater, and a town hall.

Lystra, located in Nelson County, was formed on paper in 1794 by a group of London speculators. The town was to be built beside the South Creek of the Rolling Fork of the Kentucky River on plans drafted by a London engineer. It reflected the aspirations of the time in the classical precision of its plan. 25 Blocks and 188 Lot squares were to be developed around a central park. There was to be a college, a church, a theater, and a town hall.

Two of the earliest printed American Town Plans.

Reference
Clark, Historic Maps of Kentucky, p. 64