Kentucky Court Houses: The Court Houses of Adair County

Here is a collage of the court houses of Adair County, Columbia, Kentucky

Adair

Columbia, Kentucky

Columbia, Kentucky

Adair County is a rural community of 17,244 residents, located in south central Kentucky, just two hours from Louisville, home of the Kentucky Derby, and two hours from Frankfort, the State Capital.

Located in a rural setting  directly on the Louie B. Nunn Parkway.  This gives us access to all the major interstates.

Adair County’s town square is a cornerstone of the community with an abundance of history, featuring a central courthouse and 19th Century buildings and churches.

Anytime is a good time to visit Adair County, but the summer months are an especially good time to visit because we have Green River Lake located right here in Adair County and are only minutes from Lake Cumberland State Park.  Both offer outstanding fishing, camping, and water sports opportunities.

Adair County is the home of Lindsey Wilson College.  Lindsey Wilson College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Since 1988 the college academic offerings have increased from three majors to its current level of twenty majors.  From kentucky.gov.

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From Adair County History:

On June 28, 1802, court ordered permanent seat of justice on the public square. First courthouse built in 1806. Present structure was designed by McDonald Bros. Louisville, and built by William H. Hudson and Columbus Stone in 1887. A unique architectural feature is the carving of faces on the south columns. Listed on National Register of Historic Places, 1974. We don’t really know the date of the Photo but there no car visible. Bertha’s grandfather William A. Wilson helped build the court house. He lived around Sano, in Adair Co., Kentucky. 

The Adair County Judicial Center:

The Kentucky General Assembly authorized building a new Adair County Judicial Center in 2005 and approved its funding in 2006. The building is approximately 37,000 square feet and the total project cost was $12.47 million.

DLZ of Frankfort provided architectural services for the project. Branscum Construction Co. of Russell Springs was the construction manager and Ross, Sinclaire & Associates the financial agent.

Project Development Board

Ann Melton, Judge-Executive, Chair

James G. Weddle, Chief Circuit Judge

Billy Coffey, Magistrate, Fiscal Court Representative

Dennis Loy, Adair County Circuit Court Clerk

Marshall Loy, Kentucky Bar Association Representative

Doug Teague, AOC Representative

Ronnie McCall, AOC Division of Capital Construction

Project Completion Team

Branscum Construction Co., Construction Manager, Russell Springs, KY

DLZ, Architect, Frankfort, KY

Ross, Sinclaire & Associates, Financial Agent, KY

Reed & Johnson, Bond Counsel, KY

Adair Circuit Clerk.

Adair County Attorney.

Photo credits:

Top Left and Right:  Photos used with permission of Keith Vincent (c); Court House History.

Bottom:  From Columbia Magazine.

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