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Carter County

Carter County is named for William Grayson Carter, who was a Kentucky state senator.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Greenup County

E – Boyd County and Lawrence County

S – Elliott County and Rowan County

W – Rowan County and Lewis County


Created:  February 9, 1838                    Map of Kentucky highlighting Carter County

County Seat: 

Grayson  1838 – present


County Justice Center – Grayson 


Location:  100 East Main Street / Hord Street

Built:  2004 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Brandstetter-Carroll Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Grayson to the east of the courthouse. The south front of the square shaped building has a projecting curved center section with recessed entrance section on the first and second stories. The central entrance has glass panels rising to the top of the second story. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court and County District Court of the 37th Judicial District.


See:  The contractor was Codell Construction Company of Winchester which company constructed many courthouse in Kentucky ( see  Louisville ).


County Courthouse – Grayson 



Location:  300 West Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1906 – 1907

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  H L Lewman of Louisville

Contractor:  Falls City Construction Company of Louisville


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story yellow brick and concrete structure. The building sits on the landscaped grounds of a hill in the center of Grayson. The center section rises to a pediment at the roof line. The building has hexagonal towers at the corners. On the center of the roof is a large square white colored cupola with white colored dome. In the interior, the former courtroom is on the south side of the second story.  In 1950 and 1963, the west and east wings were added. In 1963, the architect was George A Lusk of Ashland and the contractor was W B Fosson & Sons Contractors of Ashland.


See:  The contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky


See:  The 37th Judicial Circuit includes Carter County, Elliott County and Morgan County.


History:  The county was created in 1838 and Grayson was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure built by E B Elliott in 1840 to 1842. The building was torn down in 1907. In 1860, a red brick annex was built and was torn down in 1950. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1906 to 1907. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2004 to 2005 at a cost of $7,850,000.



County Justice Center – Grayson













County Courthouse – Grayson





















Former courtroom







Photos taken 2012 and 2018