Garrard County, Kentucky

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Garrard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is pronounced 'Gair-ad' with the third "r" silent. It was formed in 1797 and was named for James Garrard, Governor of Kentucky from 1796 to 1804. Its county seat is Lancaster.[1] As of 2008, the county's population was 17,021.[2] It is a prohibition or dry county but Lancaster is wet.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 234 square miles (606 km2), of which 231 square miles (598 km2) is land and 3 square miles (8 km2) is water.

Adjacent counties


Garrard County was formed on December 17, 1796 from sections of Lincoln County, Madison County and Mercer County. Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, visited the Kennedy home in Garrard County while gathering material for her book. The cabin of Uncle Tom was behind the mansion.[3] County officials plan to recreate the cabin on the grounds of the Governor William Owsley House.[4]

Law and Government

In the United States Senate, Garrard County is represented by US Senator Mitch McConnell and US Senator Jim Bunning. Garrard County is in the 6th Congressional District, represented by US Rep. Ben Chandler; in the 22nd State Senatorial District represented by State Senator Tom Buford and in the 36th State Legislative District represented by State Representative Lonnie Napier.

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