Jessamine County

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Jessamine County is named for Jessamine Creek which flows through the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Fayette County

E – Fayette County and Madison County

S – Garrard County

W – Mercer County and Woodford County


Created:  December 19, 1798                Map of Kentucky highlighting Jessamine County

County Seat: 

Nicholasville  1798 – present


County Courthouse –  Nicholasville  


Location:  107 North Main Street / West Maple Street

Built:  1878 – 1879

Style:  Victorian

Architect:  Thomas Boyd of Pittsburgh

Contractor:  F Bush and Son of Lexington


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Nicholasville. The building is a cruciform shape The south front extends from the main building forming a square tower with an arch at the first story entrance and two arched windows on the second story. The tower rises into a two story white colored wood square cupola with dome containing a clock and with a small cupola at the top. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was renovated in 1964 to 1965. The contractor was Standafer Construction Company of Lexington.


See:  The architect, Thomas Boyd of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania also designed the courthouse in Scott County.


See:  The 13th Judicial Circuit includes Garrard County.


History:  The county was created in 1789 and Nicholasville was selected as the county seat. The first court met in the Fisher Rice Tavern. The court continued to be held in private homes, sheds or stables. The first courthouse was a red colored brick structure built by Thompson Howard in 1823. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1878 to 1879 at a cost of $38,385. The cost of the renovation in 1964 to 1965 was $345,000.




County Courthouse – Nicholasville




























Barristers Row – Nicholasville







Photos taken 2007 and 2014