Once an area where riverboats docked to re-supply, deliver
goods and allow passengers to stretch their legs, Carroll County is still an
attraction for water sports enthusiasts and pleasure boaters. With great fishing
and boating available on both rivers, folks get off the river to visit the
historic districts in Carrollton and Ghent. There you can walk along the
waterfront, visit local shops, dine and see the historic sites dating back as
far as 1790.
Text of Act Creating New County:
CHAPTER 773. An ACT to establish the County of Carroll. Approved February 9,
SECTION 1. BE it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of
Kentucky, That from and after the first day of March next, all the parts of the
counties of Gallatin, Henry, and Trimble, included within the following bounds,
to-wit: Beginning on the bank of the Ohio river about one half mile below
Agniel’s branch, at the upper corner of James Smith’s land; thence a direct line
to the forks of Lick creek; thence down the same to Eagle creek; thence down
Eagle creek to the Kentucky river; thence crossing the Kentucky river, and
binding thereon, to Bell Gullion’s, including her; thence a direct line to where
the old line between Gallatin and Henry crosses the main west fork of Mill
creek; thence with said old line to where it crosses George’s creek; thence down
George’s creek to the Little Kentucky river; thence a direct line to the lane
between Thomas B. Spilman and Isaac Gray, to the Ohio river; thence up the Ohio
river and binding thereon to the beginning, shall be one distinct county, called
and known by the name of Carroll, in honor of Charles Carroll, of
SECTION 2. That the seat of justice for the said county of Carroll,
shall be and the same is hereby permanently located in the town of Port William,
and that the County and Circuit Courts of said county shall be held at said
SECTION 3. That the County Courts of the said county of Carroll, shall
be held on the first Monday in every month, except the months in which Circuit
Courts are held.
SECTION 4. There shall be allowed to the said county of Carroll nine
Justices of the Peace, to be commissioned by the Governor, according to the
provisions of the Constitution.
SECTION 5. The Justices of the Peace for said county shall meet at the court
house in the town of Port William on the first Saturday in March next, and,
having severally taken the oaths prescribed by the constitution and laws of this
State, proceed to appoint and qualify a Clerk.
SECTION 6. The Governor shall appoint a suitable person, resident in the said
county of Carroll, Sheriff thereof.
SECTION 7. The said county of Carroll shall be entitled to five
Constables, to be appointed by the County Court thereof; and the Sheriff and
Constables aforesaid, when appointed, shall enter into bond, with security, in
said County Court, agreeably to law.
SECTION 8. The voters of said county of Carroll shall vote, as
heretofore, in the several counties out of which the said county of Carroll
is formed, as though this act had not passed, until the next apportionment of
SECTION 9. Process shall issue, and be made returnable as heretofore, and the
several courts of the counties out of which said county of Carroll is
formed, shall have cognizance of all matters of controversy, both in law and
equity, until the second Monday in March next, at which time all their power and
jurisdiction shall cease and determine; provided that all suits or actions
commenced in either of said original counties shall be tried and determined
SECTION 10. The revenue and county levy, collectable during the present year,
shall be collected and accounted for by the Sheriff and collectors of said
original counties, out of which the said county of Carroll is formed, as
though this act had not passed.
SECTION 11. That James Sayer, of the county of Gallatin, Jeremiah Strother,
of the county of Trimble, and Daniel J. King, of the county of Carroll,
be and they are hereby appointed Commissioners, whose duty it shall be to run
and mark the boundary lines between said county of Carroll and the
counties of Gallatin, Henry and Trimble; and that they make out and return to
each of the County Courts of said counties a report of their proceedings, to be
entered of record by said courts, respectively: Provided however, that any two
of said Commissioners may act; and that they shall not mark or run such lines as
have a fair natural boundary.
SECTION 12. That the Judge of the fourth Judicial District shall hold a
special term of the Circuit Court of the said county of Carroll, at the
court house in the town of Port William, on the first Saturday in March next,
and proceed to appoint and qualify a Clerk of said court.
REF: “Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly”, 1838, pages 170-172.
Kentucky Land Office