The public stocks and whipping posts were a part of law and order in early Kentucky. We are fortunate to have a description of these primitive forms of punishment in Livingston County in 1808. At that time, Centreville was the county seat, but would move to Salem the next year. The following was found in Livingston County Clerk's Papers, 1808.
"Livingston County Court May Term 1808
Ordered that stocks and whipping post be erected on the publick square of this county, to wit, a good strong white oak post 20 inches in Diamitor eight square and a platt form 8 feet long and four wide and a pillory thereon the post to be placed 4 feet in the ground strong white oak stocks put through it at the ground six feet long the platt form and pillory to be 7 feet from the ground and a pair of hand cuffs or clamps fixed on said post at a proper hight for whipping post the work to be done by the first monday in June next provided it can be done for $20 - and the money to be paid out of the County Levy laid next fall and that Enoch Prince William Ficklin & Enoch Hooper be appointed to let superintend the same &c ...." Enoch Prince.
[On the back] "bid of at Thomas Elders bid at $29.75."