The Highlands offers more than a culinary adventure.Residents and visitors alike enjoy the year-round activities that include Farmers Markets, art and music festivals, parades for kids, and the ever-popular Zombie Walk. Cyclist and runners love the area for the heart pumping hills and Cherokee Park forv ehicle free exercise.
The Original Highlands neighborhood was built on land surveyed in 1774 and granted to Colonel William Preston. His son, Major William Preston, and wife moved onto the land in 1814 and established a plantation called the “Briar Patch”.
The 1819 construction of the Louisville and Bardstown Turnpike, now Bardstown Rd, would eventually lead to many people moving to the area. The addition of horse drawn street cars would spur a development boom that eventually led to the additional neighborhoods to include the Original Highlands, Cherokee Triangle, Phoenix Hill, Irish Hill, Tyler Park, Deer Park, Bonnycastle, Highlands-Douglass, and Belknap. These neighborhoods are collectively known as The Highlands. .
The origins of the Highlands name not hard to figure out. Located above the Ohio River flood plain and sited on a ridge between the Middle and South fork of Beargrass Creek, the Highlands was truly and appropriate name. In the late 1800’s it was considered the suburbs of the growing City of Louisville. The Highlands extends from the intersection of Baxter Ave. and Lexington Rd. in the north, to the intersection of Bardstown Road and Taylorsville Road/Trevillian Way to the south.
The area’s period architecture, high walk score, restaurants, boutiques, nightclubs, coffee shops and Cherokee Park, are major attractions for a home diverse melting pot of young professionals, families, artists, and original .
John Paul, the editor of the Historic Louisville Guide notes, “Today, many of its neighborhoods have among the highest percentage of college graduates and average income in Louisville. The gentrification of the Highlands has had a spillover effect on adjacent areas, such as Germantown, , , and Clifton, as they’ve developed their own shopping and nightlife districts.”