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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Adair County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Adair County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Adair County, KY (12) Casey County, KY (6) Cumberland County, KY (9) Green County, KY (17) Metcalfe County, KY (11) Russell County, KY (6) Taylor County, KY (32)  AdairCounty(12) Adair County (12)  CaseyCounty(6) Casey County (6)  CumberlandCounty(9) Cumberland County (9)  GreenCounty(17) Green County (17)  MetcalfeCounty(11) Metcalfe County (11)  RussellCounty(6) Russell County (6)  TaylorCounty(32) Taylor County (32)
Columbia is the county seat for Adair County
Adjacent to Adair County, Kentucky
      Casey County (6)  
      Cumberland County (9)  
      Green County (17)  
      Metcalfe County (11)  
      Russell County (6)  
      Taylor County (32)  
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1 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — A Night in Cane ValleyThe Great Raid — July 3, 1863 —
After engaging Union forces in Columbia the afternoon of July 3, Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s command continued north on the Columbia-Lebanon Pike. Just beyond the town, they passed Union Camp Gilbert, formerly named Camp Boyle, now abandoned - the site . . . Map (db m170574) HM
2 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — 1599 — Adair County Courthouse
On June 28, 1802, court ordered permanent seat of justice on the public square. First courthouse built in 1806. Present structure was designed by McDonald Bros., Louisville, and built by Wm. H. Hudson and Columbus Stone in 1887. A unique . . . Map (db m83384) HM
3 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — Adair County Revolutionary War Memorial
. . . Map (db m83655) WM
4 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — 604 — Col. Frank L. Wolford
A foremost champion of the Union, a staunch friend of the stricken South, defender of constitutional freedom. Born Columbia 1817, died 1895 and buried in city cemetery. Veteran Mexican War, leader famed First Kentucky Union Cavalry, hero of many . . . Map (db m83387) HM
5 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — 2243 — Columbia-Union Presbyterian Church
Active Presbyterian congregations formed early in the county’s settlement: 1803 on Col. Casey’s farm & 1827 in Columbia. Church was built in 1857 and has had continuous services ever since. County and city congregations merged in 1912. . . . Map (db m170507) HM
6 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — 707 — Confederate Raids
General John Hunt Morgan's cavalry, returning from second Kentucky raid, passed here on way back to Tennessee, Jan. 1, 1863. On raid, Union's rail supply line wrecked and $2,000,000 property destroyed. July 3, 1863, Morgan here again drove out . . . Map (db m83391) HM
7 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — 1139 — County Named, 1801 Reported missing
For Gen. John Adair, Governor of Kentucky 1820-24. Born, 1757, in South Carolina, came to Ky., 1788. Member of Kentucky Constitutional Convention, 1792. Served in Ky. House of Representatives, 1793-95, 1798, 1800-03, 1817. US Senator, 1805-06, . . . Map (db m139816) HM
8 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — 1782 — Daniel Trabue (1760-1840)
A founder of Columbia, Trabue built original house (SW corner of this structure) ca. 1823. He served as trustee, sheriff, and justice of peace; operated grist mill, inn and retail store. Here Trabue wrote memoirs, 1827, of pioneer era, which . . . Map (db m83406) HM
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9 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — Frank Lane Wolford
Frank Lane Wolford (1817 - 1895). Adair County native, organized 1st Kentucky Cavalry (US) in 1861. His men knew little about the drill and discipline but had the utmost confidence in Wolford and he in them. The soldiers supplied their own horses . . . Map (db m170508) HM
10 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — 128 — Jane Lampton Home
Girlhood home of Jane Lampton (1803-1891). Wife of John Marshall Clemens. Mother of "Mark Twain." Granddaughter of Colonel William Casey, original Adair County settler.Map (db m83397) HM
11 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — 2242 — Male and Female High School Site / Student Parking in the 1850s
Male and Female High School Site The Columbia College Joint Stock Company formed in 1853 to build the M&F School. It was conveyed to trustees appointed by Transylvania Presbytery and opened in 1855. The building was a Union Camp during . . . Map (db m170509) HM
12 Kentucky, Adair County, Columbia — The Door Was Left Open!Great Raid — July 3, 1863 —
John Hunt Morgan entered Kentucky July 2 with about 2,500 men who swam the rain swollen Cumberland River - many naked, not to be encumbered with soggy clothes. The rebel yell of the on-coming nude men took the Union scouts by surprise. Columbia . . . Map (db m170510) HM
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May. 28, 2023