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Wayne County

Wayne County is named for Anthony Wayne, who was a general in the American Revolutionary War, and who lived from 1745 to 1796.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Russell County and Pulaski County

E – McCreary County

S – Pickett County, Tennessee and  Scott County, Tennessee

W – Clinton County


Created:  December 18, 1800                Map of Kentucky highlighting Wayne County

County Seat: 

Monticello  1800 – present


County Courthouse – Monticello  


Location:  109 North Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1949 – 1950

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Alfred Lefeber & Associates of Cincinnati, Ohio

Contractor:  A S Caylor of Monticello


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story concrete, steel and red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Monticello. The main entrance at the northeast corner is framed with gray colored stone with a double window on the second story. Vertical bands of stone run intermittently along the sides of the building. The roof line is flat. 


County Justice Center – Monticello  



Location:  125 West Columbia Avenue / Court Street

Built:  2003 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  CMW Inc. of Lexington

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Minticello  to the west of the courthouse. The southwest front has a projecting center section with two white colored columns rising to a wide header and behind is the recessed entrance and glass panels on the second story. Glass panels are on the southeast and northwest sides of the center section. At the top is a hipped roof with large roof behind. The rest of the building has a flat roof.


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


See:  The 57th Judicial Circuit includes Russell County.


History:  The county was created in 1800 and Monticello was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of Henry Garner in 1801. The first courthouse was a log structure erected in the center of the public square in 1801. The second courthouse was a two story stone structure built sometime before 1825. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1825 on the courthouse square. An annex was built in 1840 for the clerk’s office. In 1866, the county moved to a temporary building. In 1878, the fourth courthouse was designed by Thomas Thurmond Milburn and built by T T Milburn at Main Street and Michigan Street, one block east of the original site. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1898. The fifth courthouse was a two story structure designed by Frank Pierce Milburn and constructed by T T Milburn. The courthouse was demolished and the sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1949 to 1950. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2003 to 2005 at a cost of $7,955,000.



County Courthouse – Monticello 









County Justice Center – Monticello 



Photos taken 2007