Hardin County Courthouse

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Image of the Hardin County courthouseThe Hardin County Courthouse was designed by the architectural firm of Richards, McCarty & Bulford and built in 1915. Located at 1 Courthouse Square in the county seat of Kenton, the building is still in use and today houses the Hardin County Court of Common Pleas and its probate and juvenile divisions.

The courthouse features neo-classical style architecture and is constructed of Indian gray limestone. The courthouse is unique because it houses Veteran Hall, which commemorates Hardin County patriots. One of the patriots honored is Jacob Parrott, the first recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Parrot was a Union solider during the American Civil War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his participation in a military operation called “The Great Locomotive Chase” that included the destruction of bridges and train tracks between Chattanooga and Atlanta.

Hardin County is named after John Hardin, who was sent in 1792 to negotiate a treaty with the Miami Indians and was subsequently executed by them.

The courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.