Stanford is the second oldest settlement in Kentucky. Established by pioneer Benjamin Logan in 1775 as Logan's fort. Stanford is the county seat of Lincoln County. Stanford is the home of Kentucky's first Governor Isaac Shelby, famous Aviator-Caswell Saufley, and Sophie Alcorn well known educator of deaf/blind children who established sign language techniques that are still used today. Downtown Stanford has been designated as a historic district which is filled with unique architectural designed homes and buildings. Main Street is part of the "Wilderness Road". Visitors who are doing family research must come to Stanford to view the earliest records dating 1780. Some records are on sheep skin. Lincoln County is one of the original three counties of Kentucky.