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Adair Rocks: A Feeling of Exhilaration, a Sense of Awe.

Adair County Rocks, and these rocks were made right here in good old Adair County, center of the universe! - MIKE WATSON
The next earlier Adair Rocks: Adair Rocks: Why I love Adair County by Ted Caldwell

By Mike Watson
Adair County Historian

The light of my first day was not in Adair County, but it should have been; there wasn't a hospital here then, it was soon to come. Of course I don't recall the ride from Rosary Hospital to our home, out beyond Fairplay, but certainly some imprint of it must have been left upon me. When I drive into Columbia today, the most exhilarating sight I behold, no matter the direction from which I come, is the sight of that grand old Courthouse standing sentinel in the midst of town; seemingly built of iron or steel, ever vigilant, beckoning.


Salisbury Cathedral, Stone-Henge, Westminster Abbey, the Washington Monument, the White House, the Chrysler Building and so many other building took my breath away, the first, perhaps the second time I "came upon" them. The Adair County Courthouse takes my breath away every time I approach it.

Why? You ask. This majestic structure is the symbol of our heritage, the embodiment of our collective past, the most recognizable physical feature, not just of the town, but of the county. Ask any Adair Countian who left for a proverbial greener pasture, how they feel when coming home, or with what they identify when they can't come home, but are reminded of it. Invariably the answer will include the Courthouse. It is the visual link to life, hearth and home.

When I drive down 206 or 55, coming back into the county, I always breathe a sign of relief when I see the Adair County line signs, for I have make it back to God's Country, I'm safe at home again. When I come upon the Square, I'm safer for here is the symbol of my people, standing tall, waiting for me.

Yes, the Courthouse is a man-made building, meant to be used for the greater good of the community, and that is exactly what it has been for nearly 130 years, a beacon in the dark. We, or our immediate predecessors, have worked there, worshiped there, married there, and yes, been tried there, sometimes left wanting, but more often, exhilarated there.

Many, many folk have come here to live before or upon retirement, because they see the beauty of the place, the kindness of the people and the sense of living among history. Many who were born and reared here come home, if circumstances allow, to get back to their roots, their people. It is not always true that "with age comes wisdom" but with age comes the desire to know more about where you have been. And this place is where you have been. This Place Matters.

Adair County Rocks, and these rocks were made right here in good old Adair County, center of the universe! - MIKE WATSON


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Adair Rocks: A Feeling of Exhilaration, a Sense of Awe.



2013-03-17 - 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Mike Watson. The Historic Adair County Courthouse: This majestic structure is the symbol of our heritage, the embodiment of our collective past, the most recognizable physical feature, not just of the town, but of the county. - MIKE WATSON
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