Clay County

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Clay County is named for Green Clay, who was a military general and a surveyor.


Surounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jackson County and Owsley County

E – Perry County and Leslie County

S – Bell County and Knox County

W – Laurel County


Created:  December 2, 1806                  Map of Kentucky highlighting Clay County

County Seat: 

Langford Salt Works  1807

Manchester                1807 – present


County Courthouse – Manchester 


Location:  316 Main Street / Court Street

Built:  2005 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  W Brandstetter-Carroll Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Manchester. The east front has a projecting center section with glass panel entrance rising to the second story. The third story has columns with glass panels behind and hipped roof. The north and south sides have columns with recessed wall rising to the top of the second story. The windows on the third story are square The roof line is flat.


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


History:  The county was created in 1807 and Langford Salt Works was selected as the county seat in 1807. The county seat was changed to Manchester in 1807 and the first courthouse was built. The second courthouse was a brick structure built by Uriah Gresham in 1812. The third courthouse was a two story brick Italianate structure designed by Frank P Milburn and built by Thomas T Milburn in 1889. The building was destroyed by fire in 1936. The fourth courthouse was designed by Jim Wolson of Manchester in 1938 to 1939 at a cost of $95,587. The building was raised in 2005 when the fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 2003 to 2004 at a cost of $8,300,000.


County Administration Building – Manchester 




Location:  102 Richmond Road / Stinson Hill Road

Built:  2003 – 2004

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Manchester to the south of the courthouse. The east front has a central entrance with pediment and clock at the roof line. On the roof is an octagonal white colored cupola. The roof is hipped.




County Courthouse – Manchester













County Administration Building – Manchester













Photos taken 2014