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Symsonia, Kentucky
Pete Lyles House
Symsonia's position in Kentucky
Symsonia's position in Kentucky
Country  United States
State  Kentucky
County Graves
 • Total 3.96 km2 (1.53 sq mi)
 • Land 3.93 km2 (1.52 sq mi)
 • Water 0.02 km2 (0.008 sq mi)
120 m (410 ft)
 • Total 615
 • Density 156.3/km2 (405/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 270 & 364
GNIS feature ID 2629690

Symsonia is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Graves County, Kentucky, United States. The community lies in the far northeastern part of the county, 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Paducah, 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Benton, and 15 miles (24 km) northeast of the county seat Mayfield, in the Jackson Purchase region of the state. As of the 2010 census, the population of Symsonia was 615.


The Symsonia CDP has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.01 square miles (0.02 km2), or 0.56%, is water. The community is located at the intersection of Kentucky Highways 131 and 348. The intersection contains the community's only four-way stop and only flashing red light. It lies at an elevation of 407 feet (124 m) above sea level and is between the East and West Forks of the Clarks River, a major tributary of the Tennessee River.


The Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge, which runs along the Clarks Fork River north of Symsonia, was first identified as a high priority site for protection in 1978 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bottomland Hardwood Preservation Program. In 1991, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources asked the service to consider the site for protection as a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Clarks River is the only National Wildlife Refuge located solely within the bounds of the state of Kentucky. The refuge was established in July 1997, with a proposed acquisition boundary of 18,000 acres (73 km2). The first tract of land was purchased in August 1998, and the refuge currently consists of over 7,000 acres (28 km2). Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful bottomland hardwood forest located in western Kentucky near Benton. The refuge lies along the East Fork of the Clarks River and is seasonal home to over 200 different species of migratory birds. The bottom lands are dominated with overcup oaks, bald cypress, and tupelo gum, and the slightly higher, better drained areas, are covered with willow oak, swamp chestnut oak, red oak, sweet gum, sycamore, ash and elm.


In the early 20th century, when its roads were not paved, the community acquired the nickname "Slab Town" when wood slabs from local saw mills were used to fill ruts in the muddy roads. The community was formed in the 1820s, and has slowly grown from a farming community of several families, to a bedroom community.



The community has a long history of community churches. The Symsonia United Methodist Church was founded in 1912 as Lyles Chapel, on property donated by Pete Lyles. Today, other churches include Clarks River Baptist Church, Symsonia Baptist Church, and nearby Spring Creek Church of Christ (located in Dogwood) and Elva Baptist Church (located in Elva). Symsonia Baptist Church is a Southern Missionary Baptist Church that was formally constituted on August 6, 1995. It is a member of the Blood River Baptist Association, Hardin, Kentucky, and the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Clarks River Baptist Chuirch,founded in 1867, still remains active in ministry and community outreach as it has for over 100 years. Clarks River Baptist Church hosts many community events including Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, 4 July fireworks, Community-Wide Summer Fun Festival, Trunk or Treat, Harvest Festival, and Christmas Musical Program and Children's Play. Clarks River Baptist Church also has many active ministries including Sunday School, Library, Food Pantry, Upwards Sports, AWANA, Women's Ministry, Youth, Music, Preschool and Daycare and Creative Ministry Team. The community currently has four active, public cemeteries: Symsonia Cemetery, Clarks River Cemetery, Carter Mill Cemetery, and Bolton Cemetery. The oldest dated tombstones are from the 1860s.

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