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Adair County Pioneers Progress

Old Settlers Barn
Thought to be the oldest barn in Kentucky.

From the March Issue of The Kentucky Explorer

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First Families (Settlers before  December 11, 1801)

Early Settler (in Adair County)

Pioneer Sketches for those with ancestors in Adair County.

County Organizers

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Some Historic Information about Adair County

Adair County the 44th of Kentucky's 120 counties, created from Green County on December 11, 1801 and named for General John Adair (1757-1840) a native of South Carolinian who fought at the battle of the Thames during the Revolutionary War. It is located in the eastern Pennyrile region and western Appalachian areas of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 585 to 1120 feet above sea level. This county runs along the Cumberland and Great Lakes Trail, of beautiful rolling hills. The main waterway is the Green River and its tributaries Casey, Russell and other Creeks. The Green River Lake has much of its impoundment in Adair County. Adair County is about 25 miles from Lake Cumberland and about 35 miles from Dale Hollow Reservoir.

Noted Residents Included:
Thomas Bramlet, Governor of KY, Colonel Frank Lane Wolford, James R. Hindman (Lt. Gov), Colonel William Casey*(great-grandfather of Samuel Clemens,"Mark Twain."), Jane Lampton Clemens (mother of "Mark Twain."), Edgar Allen Diddle, author Janice Holt Giles.

Civil War In Adair County
The Battle of Gradyville, a minor skirmish was fought in Adair County during the Civil War of 1861. John Hunt Morgan,s Christmas Raid of 1862-63.

Some Columbia Historic Points Of Interest:
Columbia, became the county seat in 1802.
The first courthouse was builted in 1806.

Present day Courthouse 
click photo for lager view
Adair County Courthouse on the National Register of Historic Places.
Adair County Courthouse ** (added 1974 - Building - #74000847)
500 Public Sq., Columbia
Historic Significance:  Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer:  Judson,William Henry, McDonald Brothers
Architectural Style:  Gothic
Area of Significance:  Architecture
Period of Significance:  1875-1899
Owner:  Local Gov't
Historic Function:  Government
Historic Sub-function:  Courthouse
Current Function:  Government
Current Sub-function:  Courthouse
The town was laid out by Daniel Trabue.
The Bank of Columbia.
Benjamin Lampton House
The Creel House
The John Field House.
The Dr. Nathan Gaither House
Lindsey Wilson Collage.
More About The History Of Adair County...
It was set forth June 7, 1803, to build the first courthouse for the new formed county, which would take its place as the 44th county in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Mr. William Sutton and Mr. Robert Ball were contracted by the commissioners to build and complete a courthouse of brick or stone, 37 feet long and 27 feet wide. It was to be two and one half stories high, two doors below, one on each side, six windows below and four above. The cost was not to exceed 700 pounds.
Compiled by Carlis B. Wilson.
Source: Adair County Genealogy Society - Pictorial History CD.

Adair County Communities and Post Offices

Adair County History from the March Issue of The Kentucky Explorer. This  article and other Historic links are on The Wilson and Allied Families Web Site at:
Adair County History from the March Issue of The Kentucky Explorer
Historic Homes of Columbia, Kentucky
Outstanding History Page on the Chambers of Commerce Web Site
See the online Biography of  REV. JAMES BREEDING, the oldest minister in Adair County, was born in that county in 1803. [here]

Informative Link about:
The Formation of Kentucky Counties

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