Hartford City Hall is located at 116 East Washington Street, Hartford, KY 42347; phone: 270-298-3612.
With a population of approximately 2,000, Hartford is the county seat of Ohio County, Kentucky, which is in the eastern end of Kentucky's western coal fields and geographically one of the state's largest counties. The town covers approximately 1.8 square miles on the southeast bank of the Rough River a few miles southwest of the center of the county. Its gently rolling terrain characteristic of the county overall is laid out primarily in a somewhat irregular grid interrupted by rural roads at its northern reaches and KY 231, the town's major access, near its southern boundary. Hartford's oldest and most densely developed portion is its western area along the Rough River which continues to display the town's original early nineteenth-century plan in its grid of small square and larger rectangular blocks. Here, a small central business district along Main St. (KY 231) incorporates the courthouse square and is flanked to the northeast and southwest by residential neighborhoods. Expansion during the twentieth century occurred to the east, beyond the railroad spur line, in a less regular grid of larger blocks. After World War II, considerable acreage to the north was annexed as that area was developed with subdivisions and small industrial facilities.