Lancaster, the seat of Garrard county, was founded in 1797 at the crossing of two pioneer roads and was initially known as Wallace's Crossroads for a local land owner. When the town was laid out it was named for Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lancaster was incorporated in 1837. The Lancaster Court House post office opened in 1801 and was renamed Lancaster about 1811. The population in 2010 was 3,442.
The Garrard county courthouse in Lancaster.
- Garrard County Clerk
- Garrard County Fiscal Court
- Garrard County Public Library
- Garrard County Schools