McCreary County

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McCreary County is named for James McCreary, who was the Governor of Kentucky from 1912 to 1916.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Pulaski County and Laurel County

E – Whitley County

S – Campbell County, Tennessee and Scott County, Tennessee

W – Wayne County

 

Created:  March 12, 1912                       Map of Kentucky highlighting McCreary County

County Seat: 

Whitley City  1912 – present

 

County Courthouse – Whitley City  

 

Location:  1 North Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1952 – 1953

Style:  Modern Colonial Revival

Architect:  McCreary County Courthouse and Public Square Corporation

Contractor:  McCreary County Courthouse and Public Square Corporation

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete  structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on a hillside in the center of Whitley City. The east front has a one story portico supported by four white columns. The north and south sections are lower than the main centre building. On the center of the roof is a square white colored wood cupola with clock and a small cupola at the top. An addition was added in 2001. The architect was Chrisman, Miller and Woodhouse, Inc. of Lexington and the contractor was Bewster Builders, Inc. of Oneida, Tennessee.

 

History:  The county was created in 1912 and Whitley City was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story wooden structure built in 1914. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1927. The second courthouse was built in 1928. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1951. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1952 to 1953 at a cost of $118,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Whitley City

 

 

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Picture First County Courhouse 1914

 

 

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Picture Second County Courthouse 1928

 

 

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Picture Third County Courthouse 1952

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2014