Adair County was named in honor of John Adair, a general in the War of 1812 and governor of Kentucky. Adair County’s first courthouse was a small two story wood structure in Fontanelle.
In 1874, the county seat moved to Greenfield. A two-story courthouse was built in the town square. It was destroyed by fire in 1889, so county business was temporarily housed in the opera house.
The third courthouse, a brick and stone structure designed with Romanesque architecture by S. E. Maxon, is still in use today. The cornerstone laid in 1891 contains several items, including a bible, bottles of wine, corn, and the history of Greenfield. The Adair County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
Visit the Tourist Guide to Adair County web site for more information.
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