Graves County

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Graves County is named for Benjamin F Graves, who was a soldier killed in the Battle of River Raisin, and who lived from 1771 to 1813.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – McCracken County

E – Marshall County and Calloway County

S – Henry County, Tennessee and Weakley County, Tennessee

W – Hickman County and Carlisle County

 

Created:  December 9, 1823                  Map of Kentucky highlighting Graves County

County Seat: 

Mayfield  1823 – present

 

New County Courthouse – Mayfield

 

Location:  100 East Broadway Street / South 7th Street

Built:  2023 – 2025

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Brandstetter Carroll Architects of Lexington, Riley Architect Services, Bacon Farmer Workman and Marcum Engineering

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester

 

Description:  Sod turning ceremony on December 11, 2023. The modern building is a two story buff colored brick, limestone, glass and concrete structure. The building faces north and will be completed in 2025. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mayfield. The north front has a high portico rising to the flat roof line with one story tower above. The building will house the County Circuit Court and County District Court of the 52nd Judicial District.

 

Note: The County offices are temporally located at the Mayfield Plaza at 1102 Paris Road and Barton Drive.

 

See:  The architect, Brandstetter Carroll Inc. of Lexington designed courthouses in Garrard CountyNicholas County and Washington Countyand the contractor was Codell Construction Company of Winchester which company constructed many courthouse in Kentucky ( see  Louisville ).

 

Former County Courthouse  ( demolished ) – Mayfield

 

Location:  100 East Broadway Street / South 7th Street

Built:  1888 – 1889

Style:  Victorian

Architect:  H P McDonald & Brothers of Louisville

Contractor:  M T Lewman & Company of Louisville

 

Description:  The building faced north and was a two story red colored brick structure. The building was located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mayfield. The north front had a high red colored brick octagonal clock tower rising to a steep tired roof. On the first story was a small portico supported by two clusters of three columns. Light colored stone formed horizontal bands between the first and second stories and above the second story. The rectangular windows of the building were topped by painted stone lintels and Italianate window hoods. In the interior was an intricate iron stairway ascending to the County Circuit Court courtroom on the second story. The courtroom was located on the north side of the second story. The building housed the County Circuit Court and County District Court of the 52nd Judicial District. The architect was H P McDonald Brothers of Louisville and the contractor was M T Lewman & Company of Louisville, Kentucky. The building was destroyed by a tornado on December 9, 2021 and was later demolished in 2022.

 

See:  The architect H P McDonald and Brothers of Louisville, Kentucky.

 

See:  The contractor M T Lewman and Company of Louisville, Kentucky.

 

Former County Courthouse Annex ( demolished ) – Mayfield

 

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Location:  101 East South Street / South 7th Street

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Federal

Architect:  S Lester Day

Contractor:  George W Katterjohn, Jr.

 

Description:  The building faced south and was a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building was located on the landscaped grounds of the courthouse in the center of Mayfield. The south side had a central entrance with a small porch. A horizontal band run between the first and second stories. The building was connected to the courthouse on the north side. The building was renovated in 1990. The architect was Chrisman, Miller, Woodford and the contractor was Crouch Construction Company. The building was destroyed by a tornado on December 9, 2021 and was later demolished in 2022..

 

History:  The county was created in 1823 and Mayfield was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log structure built at a cost of $139 and replaced in 1834 by the second courthouse which was a brick two-story foursquare structure costing $5,400. This building was destroyed by Union troops during the Civil War leading to a third courthouse being built in 1865. It was not until 1910 that the US Government paid Graves County $1,500 as compensation for the loss of the second courthouse. The cost of construction of the fourth courthouse in 1888 to 1889 was $40,000. The courthouse was damaged by a tornado on December 9, 2021 and was demolished in 2022. The cost odf the fifth courthouse will be $17,000,000..

 

 

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Former County Courthouse ( demolished ) – Mayfield

 

 

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Former County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

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Former County Courthouse Annex ( demolished ) – Mayfield

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2012 and 2018