Garrard County

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Garrard County is named for James Garrard, who was Governor of Kentucky from 1796 to 1804.


Created:  December 17, 1796

County Seat: 

Lancaster  1796 – present


County Courthouse – Lancaster  


Location:  15 Public Square / Stanford Street

Built:  1868 – 1869

Style:  Federal

Architect:  County Building Committee

Contractor:  John Haly of Frankfort


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The north front and east side have arches along the first story and a portico rising to the pediment at the top of the second story. The windows are narrow and vertical. Over the front is a high square white wood cupola sitting on a white brick base and with clock at the top and a round silver dome. The building was renovated in 1914. The architect was Weber, Warren & Adkins and the contractor was O P Raymond & Company. The building was renovated from 1973 to 1975. The architect was Donald & Shelton and the contractor was Joe M Hawkins & Company Inc. and William Teater & Company Inc.


Note:  The first courthouse was built by Stephen Giles Letcher and Benjamin Letcher in 1797. The second courthouse was built in 1812 to 1813.


Note:  The original cupola was a tall observation tower used by the geological survey, but was replaced in 1914 to 1918 using brick left over from the high school.


County Justice Center – Lancaster  




Location:  54 Stanford Street / Public Square

Built:  2009 – 2010

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Brandstetter-Carroll Inc. of Lexington

Contractor:  Branscum Construction Company of Russell Springs.


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The northeast front has a circular portico with six columns with glass panels behind. There is a cornice along the flat roof line.



N – Mercer County and Jessamine County

E – Madison County

S – Rockcastle County and Lincoln County

W – Lincoln County, Boyle County and Mercer County
































Photos taken 2007 and 2014