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A county named for the Revolutionary War general "Mad Anthony" Wayne and a county seat named in honor of the beautiful home of Thomas Jefferson is, without doubt, made up of citizens proud of their history! The town of Monticello has deep roots and a rich heritage that provide inspiration for all its citizens. It has produced musicians like "Blind" Dick Burnett, author of "Man of Constant Sorrow," and Shelby Moore Cullom, who supervised the construction of Abraham Lincoln's burial site in Springfield, Illinois. Years after Daniel Boone came through the Cumberland Gap and followed the Cumberland River into Wayne County, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed Wolf Creek Dam and created Lake Cumberland with over 1,200 miles of shoreline. Much of the lake lies in Wayne County, and enterprising citizens have made Monticello the "Houseboat Manufacturing Capital of the World."


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