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Formed out of Green County in 1801, the county is named after John Adair, commander of
Kentucky troops in the Battle of New Orleans and Governor of Kentucky.
The county seat is Columbia, Kentucky.
Adair was the 44th Kentucky county formed, created from Green
County on December 11, 1801 and formed in 1802. It is named for General John Adair - Governor of
Kentucky 1820-1824. Located in the eastern Pennyrile region and western Appalachian areas of the state, the main
waterway is the Green River. This county runs along the Cumberland and Great Lakes Trail.
Its current boundaries were settled in 1860. The county took land from Green County and from Cumberland
County in 1805. It gave up land to Metcalfe
County and Russell County when it
was formed. It lost land to Wayne County in
1804 and to Casey County in 1844.
Adair County is a prohibition or completely dry county.