Graefenburg is a Shelby county community about twelve miles east of Shelbyville. It was established in 1817 as Hardinsville by Wesley Hardin. It was renamed Graefenburg in 1856, although both names continued in use until the twentieth century. The source of the name Graefenburg is obscure.
Hardinsville was incorporated in 1850 and officially renamed Graefenburg in 1856. It was later unincorporated.
The Hardinsville post office opened in 1825, was renamed Graefenburg in 1856, and closed in 1909.
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