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Steve Weston: How Montpellier/Montpelier got its name

The town started in Adair County, in what is now Russell County, KY. It was moved back into Adair County, KY the year Russell County was established in 1925, and remains in Adair to this day. Comments re photo 57743 Beautiful home Montpelier KY
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By Steve Weston

How Montpellier got its name. Montpellier translated from the French means balled mountain.

The Monpellier Post Office was originally built on top of the hill in what is now Russell County.


When the Post Office was built Circa 1814 there were no trees on the top of the hill. When Russell County was created December 14, 1825 from Adair and Cumberland Counties the Monpellier Post Office was moved into Adair County about 150 feet west of its present location.

Cyrus Wheat built his mansion and the Montpellier Mercantile and Post Office Circa 1844.

The foundation stones from the original Montpellier Post Office are still in the location where they moved the Post Office In 1825.

- Steve Weston


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Scenic Adair Co., KY: Approaching Montpelier, from the east



2013-05-23 - Montpelier, Adair County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener. Montpelier, Adair County, KY westward on KY 92 approaching from Russell County, just inside the Adair County line. As fair a countryside as anywhere on this earth. - CM
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Montpelier: A Memory on Demand



2014-10-24 - Montpelier-on-the-county-line - Photo ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
It's an Had Oughta that we oughta heed: A dear friend, pining for his Old Kentucky Home from far northern Ohio, requested photo(s) last week. It was a simple request: Go to Jamestown, snap a photo. Return to Columbia via KY 92, and then swing over to Edmonson County. Specifically, he wanted a photo of the Montpelier store on the trip across KY 92. And this is one of the pictures we came home with. It was pure sorriness that we let him down on his modest request that we "swing over to Edmonson County" find a town, locate a cemetery, and take a photo of an obelisk as tall as the one in Jamestown, and an e-bit, maybe a tad, shorter than Mr. Jefferson Davis'. We let him down on that one. His ideas were better than any we had conjured up for that beautiful gray day. And learning a less - owing to a lack of imagination and creativity around - We realized that from 100s of miles away, someone else exceeded our own self-inspired notions. So we're asking that readers do the same thing: Request photo(s) of particular places in the 7-County Area of Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell and Taylor Counties. If we are not up to the job, we'll put out a call for help. Just like one would ask Larry to play 'Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.' And, if you don't have time to email, ring us up at 270-250-2730.. Our thanks to our dear friend. His daytrip suggestion was delightful. We could have stayed and looked at this building forever, if Edmonson County had not been calling.

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Beautiful home, Montpelier, KY: The Cyrus Wheat Mansion



2014-11-24 - Montpelier, Adair County, KY - Photo (c) ColumbiaMagazine.com. One of the most beautiful homes in Adair County - a mansion by Adair County Standards then and now. And, by the way, does anyone know how Montpelier got its name? Steve Weston has added a fascinating essay in answer to the question, posted Sat 27 Dec 2014 Click Read More to read it.
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