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Rockcastle County

Rockcastle County is named for the Rockcastle River which forms the boundary with Laurel County, and Isaac Lindsey in 1767 named the river after a lone rock that looked like an ancient castle.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Garrard County and Madison County

E – Jackson County and Laurel County

S – Laurel County and Pulaski County

W – Pulaski County and Lincoln County

 

Created:  January 8, 1810                      Map of Kentucky highlighting Rockcastle County

County Seat: 

Mount Vernon  1810 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mount Vernon  

 

Location:  205   East Main Street / Church Street

Built:  1965 – 1966

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Bayless Clotfelter and Johnson of Lexington

Contractor:  G Marcus Jones

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mount Vernon. On the northeast front is a central projecting section with the entrance on the west side. The building has narrow windows which run vertically from the first to third story. The roof line is flat. On the east side is a three story passageway connecting to the County Judicial Center.

 

See:  The architect, Bayless Clotfelter and Johnson of Lexington, designed courthouses in Barren County, Breathitt County and Laurel County.

 

County Judicial Center – Mount Vernon  

 

 

Location:  205   East Main Street / Church Street

Built:  1989 – 1991

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Garlan E Vanhook of Stanford

Contractor:  C B & S Construction Company of Somerset

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mount Vernon on the east side of the courthouse. The rectangular shaped building has narrow windows which run vertically from the first to third story. On the northwest and southeast sides are a one story porticoes. On the four sides of the roof there is a central peak along the flat roof line. The building is connected on the west side to the courthouse by a three story passageway.

 

See:  The 28th Judicial Circuit includes Lincoln County, Pulaski County and Rockcastle County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1810 and Mount Vernon was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log structure erected in 1810 to 1811. The courthouse burned in February and again in August 1873. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built by T J Milburn of Paducah in 1873 to 1874 at a cost of $16,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1965 to 1966. The County Judicial Center was constructed in 1989 to 1991.

 

 

County Courthouse – Mount Vernon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Judicial Center – Mount Vernon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007 and 2018