Adair County

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Adair County is named for John Adair, who was a general in the War of 1812 and eighth governor of Kentucky.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Fontanelle  1856 – 1874

Greenfield  1874 – present


County Courthouse – Greenfield


Location:  400 Public Square / Iowa Street & 1st Street

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  S E Maxon

Contractor:  H P Wind


Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The east front has a one story portico with three stone trimmed arches. Above is an arched window with a third story dormer and behind it a higher peaked roof. The base of the building is course white colored stone.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Fontanelle in 156. The second courthouse was built in Greenfield in in 1874 at a cost of $8,000 and burned in 1889. An opera house served as the third courthouse. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $26,768.



N – Guthrie County

E – Madison County

S – Union County and Adams County

W – Cass County





County Courthouse



















Photos taken 2008