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Graves County is one of 120 counties in Kentucky. The estimated population in 2004 was 37,401. This was an increase of 1.01% from the 2000 census.
||About Graves County
Graves County is in the heart of what is known as the Purchase Area. The Purchase Area gets its name from the fact that Andrew Jackson authorized the federal government to purchase land from the Chickasaw Indians from the Tennessee River to the Mississippi River. The land became known as the Jackson Purchase. The county was named for Major Benjamin Franklin Graves, killed during the 1813 Battle of River Raisin.
Graves County was founded in the middle of the Purchase Area and the county seat, Mayfield appeared.
Raising of tobacco is one of the community's major industries.
At nearby Fancy Farm, an annual picnic is held which is in the Guiness Book of Records as the world's largest. The picnic is held the first weekend in August.
Mayfield, Kentucky is located on the national highway U.S. 45 in southwestern Kentucky not far from the Tennessee-Kentucky border.