Garrard County, created on December 17, 1796,
was the twenty-fifth county formed in Kentucky. Named for James Garrard, an early governor, it was formed from three surrounding counties, Lincoln, Mercer, and Madison.
Garrard County was settled primarily because of its proximity to the Wilderness Trail. It is bordered by Paint Lick Creek on the east, Dix River and Herrington Lake on the west, and the Kentucky River on the north; the land is mostly rolling hills with the Palisades of the Kentucky River in the north and the Knobs region on the southeast.
Garrard County is the birthplace of suffragette Carry Nation, folk singer Bradley Kincaid, and author Eugenia Potts,.as well as the home of statesmen such as Governor William Owsley, Robert P. Letcher, George Robertson, Samuel McKee, Simon Anderson, and James H. Letcher.
We hope you will enjoy exploring Garrard County and its rich history.