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Green County, Kentucky

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Green County was formed in 1792. The county is named for Revolutionary War hero General Nathanael Greene, but the reason why the final E is missing is unknown.

The country's first known serial killers, Big Harpe and Little Harpe, murdered a twelve-year-old Green County boy in 1799.

Three courthouses have served Green County. In 1804, a brick building replaced an earlier log structure, and while no longer operational, it stands in the Downtown Greensburg Historic District as the oldest courthouse building in the commonwealth. The Cumberland Trace runs through Green County.

Green River flows east to west through Green County. In the early history of the county, flatboats would take tobacco from Green County, to New Orleans. There, farmers would sell their tobacco, sell their boat (for wood), and walk back to Green County.

A public hanging in Greensburg on September 21, 1841, attracted a crowd recorded at 10,000 people. Two other men who were convicted of the same crime - robbery and murder - died in their jail cell.

An adobe brick house was uncovered in Greensburg during 2007. The structure is thought to be the only "mud brick house" in Kentucky.

An oil boom from 1958 until the early 1960s gave the county an economic lift. Temporary air strips were built in the communities of Summersville, and Pierce.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Counties

  • Black Gnat
  • Exie
  • Greensburg (County Seat)
  • Pierce
  • Summersville



Genealogy Trails

Nat'l Reg of Hist. Places


Green County Public Library