Hopkinsville is situated in southwest Kentucky approximately 22 miles from the Tennesee border and is considered part of the Clarksville, TN metro statistical area. This Christian County city is a Home rule class city – one of the two class divisions based on the form of government.
The area was first granted to an American Revolution serviceman named Bartholomew Wood as payment for his service. 5 acres of this land was donated to a county seat in 1797 and the following year a courthouse and jail was built. What was almost named “Elizabeth”, was named Hopkinsville due to the fact that another town in the same county had already claimed the name. Education was private due to the fact that there was no public schooling early on. South Kentucky College and Bethel Female College were established in the mid 1800’s.
The Civil War brought division to the area due to a large portion of Christian County being in support of the Confederate. Many entrepreneurs and plantation owners provided aid to the south by donating money and supplies to support the confederate troops during the war. However, the Union also received support in the form of mules, wagons, clothing, and food from private citizens in favor of the Union. The city went back and forth in seizures between Confederate and Union forces several times before the conclusion of the war.
In 1868, the Evansville, Henderson, and Nashville Railroad became the first railroad connection in the city; followed by the Ohio Valley Railroad. In 1903 Tennessee Central joined in. Tobacco from the Black Patch became a cash cow due to it being a hot commodity in Europe. The Dark Tobacco District Planters' Protective Association of Kentucky and Tennessee was formed in an effort to overpower the price dropping monopoly by the American Tobacco Company with sales boycotts. However, some planters motivated by greed and desperation continued to sell to the ATC. The Nigh Riders (no relation to the KKK group) were organized to intimidate stray farmers into compliance.
In addition to tobacco, Christian County, which includes Hopkinsville, is a big producer of corn, winter wheat, and soybeans. Calves, and milk and various types of hay are also heavily produced in the area. With the heavy reliance on agriculture, a progressive attitude towards industry related continuing education and technical training are emphasized in the community.
Hotel Services & Amenities
Travelers passing through along US 68 or US 41 can rest up at La Quinta Inn & Suites Hopkinsville where a comfortable pillow top bed is waiting for you to nod of to sleep in while watching premium television on a 32” flat panel television or surfing the web with free wireless Internet. A microwave and refrigerator is convenient for storing left overs and reheating for a later snack or meal.
In the morning, wake up on time to the alarm clock and brew up a hot cup of coffee to get you going. A hair dryer, iron, and ironing board are available to ensure a neat appearance for whatever the day has in store. A phone with voicemail and free local calls offers a convenient backup communication source. A business center, fitness center, and Bright Side Market are all accessible within the hotel. Fuel up for the day with our free Bright Side Breakfast®; offered each morning in the dining room. Pets are welcome at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Hopkinsville (Pet fees apply at this location).
Attractions Near Hopkinsville
If you’ll be attending an event at the E Bruce Convention Center, the La Quinta Inn & Suites Hopkinsville is a great place to settle in for a close commute just 1.8 miles from the hotel. Visit the Trial of Tears Memorial Park – A rare encampment site along the Trail of Tears and burial site of two Cherokee Chiefs. Also within driving distance are the Bravard Vineyard and Winery, Jefferson Davis Monument, Cherry Grove Golf Course, and Ti8e Breaker Aquatic Park.
There are several business within 3 miles of the hotel include Walmart Distribution center, Dunlap, Metalsa, Douglas and AutoTech. There are a host of other business within driving distance. Restaurants within walking distance include O’Charley’s, McDonalds, Logan RoadHouse, StarBucks, Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, Elbracero Mexican, and Subway. If shopping is on your mind the Bradford Square Mall is less than a mile away.