Carlisle County

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Carlisle County is named for John G Carlisle, who was a United States legislator from 1877 to 1889.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Ballard County

E – Graves County

S – Hickman County

W – Mississippi County, Missouri


Created:  April 3, 1886                           Map of Kentucky highlighting Carlisle County

County Seat: 

Bardwell  1886 – present


County Courthouse – Bardwell 


Location:  985 Unites States Highway 62 / Adams Street

Built:  2009 – 2011

Style:  Modern / Greek Revival

Architect:  Murphy + Graves Architects of Lexington and Riley Architect Services of Mayfield

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester


Description:  The building faces north and  is a two story white colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the eastern edge of Bardwell. The north front has a large portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the east and west are one story wings. The roof is hipped. The District Court courtroom is located in the center of the first story and the Circuit Court courtroom is located in the center of the second story.The building houses the County Circuit Court and County District Court of the 1st Judicial  District. The construction manager was  Ross, Sinclaire & Associates LLC.


See:  The contractor was Codell Construction Company of Winchester which company constructed many courthouse in Kentucky ( see  Louisville ).


Former County Courthouse – Bardwell 




Location:  70 West Court Street / Cheatham Street

Built:  1980 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Castleberry and McGregor

Contractor:  W B Wilkerson Construction


Description:  The building faced west and was a one story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building was located on the side of a low hill on the south side of the center of Bardwell. The west front had an enclosed brick portico with three arches along the front and one on each side. The design along the building repeats the arch style with stone at the top and brick along the two-thirds bottom. On the roof center was a large flat cupola with small arched windows. The building was destroyed by fire December 26, 2007.


See:  The 1st Judicial Circuit includes Ballard County, Carlisle County, Fulton County and Hickman County.


History:  The county was created in 1886 and Bardwell was named as the county seat in 1886. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1886 to 1887. The courthouse was remodeled in 1913 by Falls City Construction Company and was destroyed by fire in 1980. The second courthouse was constructed in 1981 to 1982 at a cost of $440,000. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 2007. The Masonic Lodge on Masonic Driver served as the temporary courthouse and the courtroom was housed in a trailer. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 2009 to 2011 at a cost of $10,770,000.




County Courthouse – Bardwell


























































Former County Courthouse – Bardwell







Courthouse ruins

Photos taken 2007, 2012 and 2018