Bath County

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Bath County is named for the medicinal springs located within the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Nicholas County and Fleming County

E – Fleming County and Rowan County

S – Menifee County

W – Montgomery County and Bourbon County


Created:  January 15, 1811                    Map of Kentucky highlighting Bath County

County Seat: 

Owingsville  1811 – present


County Courthouse – Owingsville 


Location:  17 West Main Street / State Avenue

Built:  1866 – 1867

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  Frederick Visscher

Contractor:  Frederick Visscher


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Owingsville. The building is a “T” shape with a center wing extending south. The north front has a balcony above the first story entrance. There is an arched window on the second story and two columns rising to a pediment with small windows at the third story. On the center of the roof is a square cupola with clock and dome at the top. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court and County District Court of the 21st Judicial District. The building was remodeled in 1903 to 1904 when the clock tower and columns at the front were added. The contractor was Bud Colliver and Oscar Palmer. On the east side is the County Courthouse Annex and the Old County Jail.


Note:  The courthouse was built inside the town’s central square with Federal funds granted as compensation for the fire.


See:  The 21st Judicial Circuit includes Bath County, Menifee CountyMontgomery County and Rowan County.


History: The county was created in 1811 and Owingsville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1813 to 1815 by Jacob Waren and Isaac Waren. The second courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1831. The courthouse was destroyed by fire on May 21, 1864 as a result of an overheated stove. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1866 to 1867 at a cost of $34,000.




County Courthouse – Owingsville






















Old County Jail - Owingsville 










Photos taken 2012