Port Royal, Kentucky

Port Royal is an unincorporated community[1] in north-eastern Henry County, Kentucky, United States.


The community's center is the intersection of State Highway 193 and Cane Run Road.[2] "Port Royal is ten miles north-east from New Castle and one mile from the Kentucky River."[3]

The elevation is 823 feet (251 m).

The ZIP code is 40058.


At the census of 2010 the population of ZIP Code Tabulation Area 40058, which is centered on Port Royal, was 64.[4]

At the census of 2000 it was 79.

Notable resident

Port Royal has a notable resident, the writer Wendell Berry. His fictional community of Port William is based on Port Royal.[5]


  1. Or "populated place", the term used by GNIS. Their Feature Detail Report includes the coordinates and elevation.
  2. Source: Google maps.
  3. Lewis Collins, Historical Sketches of Kentucky, (1848) (p. 348). The text continues, "[The town] contains two stores, one tavern, one tan yard, and four mechanics' shops."
  4. American Factfinder2
  5. Bernard W. Quetchenbach, Back from the Far Field: American Nature Poetry in the Late Twentieth Century, University of Virginia Press, 2000. "Port William is the fictionalized version of Berry's Port Royal." (p. 130)

Coordinates: 38°33′19″N 85°04′49″W / 38.55528°N 85.08028°W / 38.55528; -85.08028

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