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Garrard County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Garrard County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the U.S.
Seat Lancaster
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

234 sq mi (606 km²)
231 sq mi (598 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 1.14%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

14,792
64/sq mi (25/km²)
Founded 1797
Named for James Garrard, Governor of Kentucky (1796–1804).
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Garrard County Kentucky Courthouse.jpg
Garrard County courthouse in Lancaster, Kentucky
Website www.garrardcounty.ky.gov
Footnotes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9TIEGvz164

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.

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Geography

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.

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Adjacent counties

History

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]

Notable residents

  • Simeon H. Anderson (1802-1840) was a United States Representative from Kentucky.
  • William O. Bradley (1847–1914) was an American politician and the thirty-second Governor of Kentucky, and later served as a U.S. senator from Kentucky.
  • Bradley Kincaid (1895-1989) "The Kentucky Mountain Boy," was radio's pioneer singer of folk songs and ballads in the 1920s-40s.
  • Robert P. Letcher(1788–1861) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative, diplomat and governor of Kentucky.
  • Eddie Montgomery (1963 - ) is a member of American country music duo Montgomery Gentry and brother of John Micheal Montgomery was raised in Garrard County.
  • John Michael Montgomery (1965- ) is an American country music artist raised in Garrard County
  • Carrie Nation (1846–1911) was a member of the temperance movement—which opposed alcohol in pre-Prohibition America.
  • William Owsley (1782–1862) was an American politician and jurist who became the sixteenth Governor of Kentucky.
  • Eugenia Dunlap Potts (1840-1912) Local Authoress. The first of her nine works was "Song of Lancaster," a metrical history in style of Longfellow's "Hiawatha." [5]
  • Henry Smith (1788-1851) was known as the first provisional governor of the Republic of Texas.
  • John Boyle (1774-1834) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Chief Justice of Kentucky Court of Appeals. Boyle County was named for him.

Popular culture

  • John Micheal Montgomery's 1995 hit "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" was filmed at the Garrard County Stockyards.[6]
  • Portions of John Micheal Montgomery's 1997 hit "I miss you a little" were filmed in Garrard County.[7]
  • Portions of the 1957 movie "Raintree County" were filmed in Garrard County.
  • In 2009, Garrard Economic Development Director Nathan Mick and local filmmaker Parker Young produced a short video titled: "It's Garrard County" a community effort to introduce the county to the world using new media.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 6,186
1810 9,186 48.5%
1820 10,851 18.1%
1830 11,871 9.4%
1840 10,480 −11.7%
1850 10,237 −2.3%
1860 10,531 2.9%
1870 10,376 −1.5%
1880 11,704 12.8%
1890 11,138 −4.8%
1900 12,042 8.1%
1910 11,894 −1.2%
1920 12,503 5.1%
1930 11,562 −7.5%
1940 11,910 3.0%
1950 11,029 −7.4%
1960 9,747 −11.6%
1970 9,457 −3.0%
1980 10,853 14.8%
1990 11,579 6.7%
2000 14,792 27.7%
Est. 2007 17,041 15.2%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21079.txt

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 14,792 people, 5,741 households, and 4,334 families residing in the county. The population density was 64 per square mile (25 /km2). There were 6,414 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.75% White, 3.06% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,741 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.60% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.50% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.95.

By age, 24.40% of the population was under 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% were 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,284, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $30,989 versus $21,856 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,915. About 11.60% of families and 14.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.10% of those under age 18 and 17.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

References

External links

Coordinates: 37°39′N 84°32′W / 37.65°N 84.54°W / 37.65; -84.54


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Garrard County, Kentucky
Map
File:Map of Kentucky highlighting Garrard County.png
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the USA highlighting Kentucky
Kentucky's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1797
Seat Lancaster
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 1.14%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

14792
Time zone Eastern : UTC-5/-4
Website: www.garrardcounty.ky.gov
Named for: James Garrard, Governor of Kentucky (1796–1804).

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. As of 2000, the population is 14,792. Its county seat is Lancaster6. The county is named for James Garrard, Governor of Kentucky 1796-1804. It's a prohibition or dry county.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 606 km² (234 sq mi). 599 km² (231 sq mi) of it is land and 7 km² (3 sq mi) of it (1.14%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 14,792 people, 5,741 households, and 4,334 families residing in the county. The population density was 25/km² (64/sq mi). There were 6,414 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (28/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 95.75% White, 3.06% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,741 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.60% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.50% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 30.90% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,284, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $30,989 versus $21,856 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,915. About 11.60% of families and 14.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.10% of those under age 18 and 17.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

See also

External links

Coordinates: 37°39′N 84°32′W / 37.65, -84.54

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