Farmers National Bank - Celebrates 140 Years
Same Name - Same Bank - Since 1879
As the 9th oldest bank in Kentucky, and the oldest operating business on Main Street, in Danville, Kentucky, the history of Farmers National Bank is deep-rooted and significant. Started by businessmen and local farmers in 1879, the community-focused bank has become one of the most trusted and respected institutions in the state.
The name, Farmers National Bank, was chosen by the stockholders during a meeting on January 8, 1879. On February 10, 1879, the bank received official word from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, that the bank was authorized to begin business. It started out with no home of its own. It used rented quarters in a house on Main Street. Eight years later, the bank acquired and occupied for a period of 50 years the older brick Whitley building, on the south side of Main Street. In 1937, a new larger bank was built on the same property.
The bank began expanding in the 1940's. It bought the old Boyle National Bank in 1943, and in 1950, the bank building on the south side of Main Street was enlarged and remodeled.
As Danville has been hailed "The City of Firsts," Farmers National Bank has been a banking innovator in Central Kentucky. In 1959, Farmers National Bank provided the first drive-in facility on Walnut Street - the property located behind the Whitley Building. An automated, 24-hour teller machine was installed in 1978, the first of its kind in the area, located on the corner of Third Street and Main Street.
During the 1990's, the bank acquired additional space on Main Street. The front of the building was restored to current day Victorian architectural style. The Masonic Lodge building on the South Third Street side of the building was also purchased for future use by the bank. Farmers National Bank acquired Citizens Bank & Trust Company of Burgin, Kentucky, its first venture outside of Boyle County.
The bank added locations in Perryville, Junction City, Harrodsburg, Stanford and Lancaster along with four drive-thru locations within Boyle County. In 2017, Farmers National Bank opened its newest branch - Garland Drive, at the intersection of Hustonville Road and the Danville By-Pass. This futuristic style of banking boasts a high-tech delivery system, including three ITM's (Interactive Teller Machines) called Teller on Demand, the first of their kind in this part of the state.
The bank's mission is to be the best provider of financial services in the region. With over 180 dedicated employees, Farmers National Bank is a leader in community service. During the past year, Farmers National Bank and its employees contributed time, talents and financial support to over 200 organizations, with education and economic development being a key focus.
Farmers National Bank's trust division was formed in 1909 and rebranded in 2013 as WealthSouth. This division provides financial advice, trust, investment and retirement planning benefits to customers. WealthSouth has offices in Danville, Bowling Green and Lexington.
Thanks to strong, local relationships, Farmers National Bank has been "Your Lifetime Bank" for 140 years. Because of the trust and confidence of those the bank serves; Farmers National Bank is No. 1 in deposit share within its four-county market.
By consistently adhering to its primary mission, Farmers National Bank contributes greatly to the economic growth of Boyle County and the surrounding areas.
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