Winchester, the seat of Clark County in central Kentucky since the county was created in 1792, is located at the intersection of U.S. 60 and KY 627, south of I-64. The town was established in 1792 on sixty-six acres of John Baker's farm and named for his hometown in Virginia. Strode's Station was founded in 1779 just northwest of present-day Winchester. When the Indian threat ceased, the station fell into disuse and the village of Winchester was established at a crossroads on the Lexington Pike. A two-room log courthouse was completed in 1794 and replaced by a brick courthouse in 1818. A third courthouse served from 1819 to 1852. A fourth courthouse was completed in 1855 and remodeled by the Works Progress Administration in 1938-40. By the early 1800s, the city had become an agricultural trading center. Numerous small industries began operations, and a few substantial homes were built. During the Civil War the town was occupied twice by Gen. John Hunt Morgan 's Confederate cavalry. On July 19, 1862, the Confederates destroyed weapons there before withdrawing, and in June 1864 Morgan's men passed through the town after a battle at Mt. Sterling .