Bourbon County

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Bourbon County is named for the House of Bourbon which was the French Royal house.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Harrison County and Nicholas County

E – Nicholas County and Bath County

S – Montgomery County and Clark County

W – Fayette County and Scott County


Created:  October 17, 1785                    Map of Kentucky highlighting Bourbon County

County Seat: 

Paris  1785 – present


County Courthouse – Paris 


Location:  310 Main Street / West 2nd Street

Built:  1902 – 1905

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Frank P Milburn of Washington, DC

Contractor:  J Edward Gibson & Issac N Crawford of Indiana


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Paris. The building has a raised basement. The east front has a large portico supported by four large stone columns rising to the pediment at the roof. Below the portico are wide stone steps. The north and south sections of the building protrude slightly. A stone balustrade is along the roof line. In the center of the roof is a large dome rising in two tiers with a clock, black colored dome and small cupola at the top. In the interior 1s a rotunda and entrance lobby. On the first story are the County Court coutrooms and the Judge’s, Attorney’s and Sheriff’s offices. There is a divided stone stairway under the dome that leads up to the second story. Beneath the dome the four walls are decorated with panels depicting the four seasons. The winter scene shows hemp breaking. The panel spring displays livestock: horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry. Summer is blue-grass stripping, and autumn, tobacco. On the second story is the Circuit Court courtroom. Over the Judge’s bench is a half-moon shaped mural with Justice in the center, flanked by two other allegorical figures. The building houses the County Circuit Court and County District Court of the 14th Judicial District. 


Note:  The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC. later designed the South Carolina State Capitol and used the Bourbon County Courthouse as his inspiration. He originally designed the building as a proposal for a new State Capital of Kentucky in Frankfort.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Bourbon County Courthouse


County Judicial Center – Paris 




Location:  301 Main Street / West 2nd Street

Built:  2002 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Architect Plus

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Paris on the east side of the courthouse. The west front has a large portico with four square red colored brick pillars rising to a pediment at the roof line. The building has a sloped green colored roof. The courthouse is across the street on the west side.. 


See:  The 14th Judicial Circuit includes Boubon County, Scott County and Woodford County.


History:  The county was created in 1785 and Paris was selected as the county seat. The first court was held May 16, 1786, at the residence of James Garrard. The first courthouse was built in 1787 at the forks of Stone River and Huston River. The second courthouse was built by Thomas Metcalf and James Metcalf in 1797. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1873 and the third courthouse was built. The courthouse also burned and the fouth and present courthouse was constructed in 1902 to 1905 at a cost of $170,000. The County Judicial Center was constructed in 2002 to 2003.




County Courthouse – Paris








































County Judicial Center – Paris










Photos taken 2007 and 2018