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Welcome to Burnside

My name is Robert H. Lawson. I am the Mayor of Burnside. Thank you for visiting our website and I hope you visit in person very soon. You will find that our small friendly community desires to be your first choice for a fun weekend or extended stay vacation. 

My wife, Susi Brooks Lawson, and I have 5 children and 10 grandchildren. Susi,was born and raised in Burnside and I have been part of this community for many years. Burnside has a rich history and bright future and we would like for you to experience it firsthand. 

I retired from Lendmark Financial Services where I spent 45 years in the finance industry. I also retired from the U.S. Army, where I served 22 years in the 100th Training Division. I look forward to putting those life experiences to work improving our city.

My overall vision for Burnside includes preserving our history while refreshing our towns look and infrastructure. Step back in to a fun 50’s and 60’s themed main street, festivals, trails, charming local businesses, Lake Cumberland, and adventure activities for your whole family. Who knows? Maybe you could be the next citizen or business owner in our city. If I can assist you, please contact City Hall Monday-Friday 8am-4pm or call 606-561-4113.

“Together we move forward.”

Robert H. Lawson

Mayor of Burnside

Enjoy what we have to offer!

I am Frank Crabtree, Jr. The Executive Director of Burnside Tourism and Recreation Commision.

I was born and raised in beautiful Pulaski County. I grew up appreciating all this area has to offer in it’s natural resources for entertainment. I attended college at SCC, University of Louisville, and University of Kentucky. In my professional tenure I served a total of 18 years as President and Owner of three companies in various industries around the Bluegrass State. I am happy to be back home close to family and friends where my son can grow up loving the same natural beauty and close community of Burnside, Ky.

In a day and age where smart devices, news, and information flow faster than ever before I want to encourage you to unplug. Rejuvenate your energy, rest your mind, and rediscover the joy of nature. We are the nucleus to much of Southern Kentucky’s finer offerings including Lake Cumberland, Burnside Island State Park, various prestigious eateries, camping, scenic tours, and more than our fair share of adventure activities for your whole family. Take a step back in time and rediscover what it means to have good ole fashioned family fun.

Rediscover Burnside, the only town on Lake Cumberland, because you and your family deserve it!

Frank Crabtree

Executive Director 

Burnside Tourism and Recreation Commission

Meet Your City Council

Robert H. Lawson


Crissa Morris

City Clerk

Randy Berry

Carol Griffin

Mike Lynn

Dwayne Sellers

Brandon Becker

Terry Vanover