County Courthouses of Georgia Thread!

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  1. tsimmons

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    Location: Dawson

    Date Built: 1892

    Architectural Style: High Victorian

    Designer: W.H. Parkins

    County History: Terrell County was created from Lee and Randolph counties on Feb. 16, 1856 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1855-56, p. 117). Georgia's 114th county, formed from portions of Lee and Randolph counties, was named for noted planter, promoter of scientific agriculture at the University of Georgia, and former Congressman and state legislator William Terrell of Sparta. Terrell died in July 1855, and a new county was named in his honor eight months later.


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  2. tsimmons

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    Location: Preston

    Date Built: 1915

    Architectural Style: Neoclassical Revival

    Designer: T.F. Lockwood, Sr.



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  3. tsimmons

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    On the way from Preston to Buena Vista I ran across this courthouse sized beast....

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    The picture really does not show the size of this animal.

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    Last one for the day.

    I don't remember seeing the 'other' courthouse in Tazewell, but its been years since i've been through there. I haven't even heard of Horry, but then again I've only been in these parts for about 18 years.

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    Location: Buena Vista

    Date Built: 1850

    Architectural Style: Vernacular with Neoclassical Revival alterations

    Designer: Unknown

    County Seat: The Dec. 14, 1827 legislation creating Marion County made no provision for a county seat. However, on Dec. 27, 1828, the legislature named nine local citizens as commissioners to select the location for Marion County's seat of government. The site they initially picked was known as Horry (a name of unknown derivation), though by 1839 the name had changed to Marionville (see map).

    In an act of Dec. 27, 1838, the legislature designated Tazewell as county seat and directed that the courthouse be erected on land lot 230 in the fourth district of the county (Ga. Laws 1838, p. 127). The same act incorporated Tazewell as a town. The town's name honored Henry Tazewell (1753-1799), who represented Virginia in the U.S. Senate until his death.

    Dec. 27, 1845, the legislature repealed the law naming Tazewell as Marion County seat of government (Ga. Laws 1845, p. 76). In its spring 1846 session, Marion County's grand jury was directed to name seven commissioners with responsibility for selecting a new county seat. The law directed that the new county seat be within one mile of the center of the county. However, removal of the county seat was conditioned upon approval by county voters in a referendum scheduled for the first Monday in February 1846. That did not take place, so the legislature passed a new act on Dec. 27, 1847 providing for a referendum on removal of Marion's county seat to be held on the first Monday in April 1848 (Ga. Laws 1847, p. 71) .
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    thats right - second fjr I've owned (first was a 2004), switched over from cruisers after a motorcycle trip in the UK.

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  6. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    Tsimmons, thanks for your nice contribution! Great pictures of some beautiful courthouses! Let's see, only 130 or so to plus or minus!:lol3
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  7. tsimmons

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    I'll try to double back and add some facts to each one. There's a few more nearby I might try to get in the next week or two. Keep me in mind for the next local meet n greet.

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    Will do! Appreciate the effort!
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    Hancock County Courthouse - Sparta, GA

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    It's kind of run down looking. Not sure what is going on with the pic, our internet has been crappy lately and the web space is acting squirrely as well. Hopefully I can get the picture to completely upload tomorrow.

    Location: Sparta

    Date Built: 1881-83

    Architectural Style: Second Empire

    Designer: Parkins and Bruce

    Other Information: After the Hancock County's creation, court was initially held in a wooden building known as Four Mile Store. Later, a wooden courthouse was built in Sparta. A two-story brick courthouse was built in the 1800s on the site of the current courthouse. This building was torn down in 1881 and replaced by the present courthouse, which opened in 1883. Restoration work on the building was completed in the 1970s.

    County History: Hancock County was created by an act of the General Assembly approved on Dec. 17, 1793. Created from portions of Greene and Washington counties, Georgia's 15th county was named for John Hancock, who was a noted leader in the independence movement leading to the American Revolution. A portion of Hancock County was used to help create Taliaferro County in 1825.

    County Seat: Sparta. Named for the famous Greek city, Sparta was founded in 1795 by American Revolutionary officer Maj. Charles Ambercrombie of North Carolina. It was designated county seat in 1797 and incorporated by the legislature on Dec. 3, 1805.
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    Haven't been through Sparta in quite some time. I find it rather odd that they let the place get so run down looking. They need to get some inmates from the local prison to do some yard work!
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    Turner County, organized in 1905 from parts of Irwin, Wilcox, Worth and Dooly counties, recognizes Confederate Captain Henry Gray Turner, a veteran of Gettysburg, member of Congress and the state legislature, and later a Georgia Supreme Court justice. Ashburn, the county seat, is named to honor W.W. Ashburn of Eastman who built the sawmill that fostered the town's expansion.

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    Location: Ashburn

    Date Built: 1907

    Architectural Style: Neoclassical Revival

    Designers: Alexander Blair and P.E. Dennis
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    Dooly County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population was 11,525. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 11,592.[1] The county seat is Vienna.[2]
    Dooly County was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on May 15, 1821. It was one of the original landlot counties created from land ceded from the Creek Nation. The County Seat is Vienna, Georgia.
    The entire county of Crisp and parts of Macon, Pulaski, Turner, Wilcox and Worth counties were formed from Dooly's original borders.
    The County is named for Colonel John Dooly, a Georgia American revolutionary war fighter who helped prosecute Tories in 1779 and was murdered by them the following year.
    Notable Dooly County residents include former governor George Busbee; former U.S. senator Walter F. George; the late Jody Powell, press secretary and aide to Jimmy Carter during his governorship and U.S. presidency; and Roger Kingdom, an Olympic gold medalist in track and field.
    Recently, Dooly County has enjoyed some measure of fame due to the success of NASCAR driver David Ragan, who originally hails from Unadilla. Ragan presently drives the #6 UPS Ford car in the Sprint Cup NASCAR circuit for Jack Roush's Roush-Fenway Racing team.

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    Location: Hawkinsville

    Date Built: 1874

    Architectural Style: Neoclassical Revival

    Designer: Unknown

    Other Information: Pulaski County's first courthouse was built at Hartford in 1812. After Hawkinsville was named county seat in 1836, the courthouse was moved across the Ocmulgee River to the city square of the new county seat. By 1872, the county needed a larger courthouse, so the original courthouse was moved to a spot facing the city square, where it became a hotel. Construction of a new two-story brick courthouse was completed in 1874. A clock with four faces was added to the courthouse tower in 1855. The facade of the courthouse was changed as part of renovations in 1897. Need for additional space led to construction of a three-story annex connected to the rear of the courthouse in 1910. In 1936, the WPA funded a restoration of the courthouse.

    County Courthouse Historical Marker: Click here


    County History: Pulaski County was created from Laurens County on Dec. 13, 1808 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1808, p. 52). In 1870, the legislature used a portion of Pulaski County to help create Dodge County. In 1912, Georgia voters approved a constitutional amendment creating Bleckley County from the northwestern half of Pulaski County.

    Georgia's 36th county was named for Count Casimir Pulaski of Poland. Pulaski, who fought on behalf of the American cause in the Revolutionary War, was mortally wounded in 1779 during an attack on British forces that had seized Savannah.

    County Seat: Hawkinsville. In the 1808 act creating Pulaski County, judges of the inferior court were empowered to designate the county seat and contract for the building of a courthouse and jail. In the meantime, the act directed that court sessions and elections be held at the home of Isham Jordan. The judges selected the settlement of Hartford, named in honor of American Revolution heroine Nancy Hart, on the eastern bank of the Ocmulgee River, and on Dec. 13, 1809 the General Assembly designated Hartford as county seat. On Dec. 27, 1836, the legislature approved an act moving the county seat to Hawkinsville, which lay on the western bank of the Ocmulgee River opposite Hartford. The same act incorporated Hawkinsville, which was named for Benjamin Hawkins, the noted U.S. Indian agent to the Creeks on the Georgia frontier.

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    Location: Fort Valley

    Date Built: 1936

    Architectural Style: Colonial Revival

    Designer: Dennis & Dennis

    Other Information: After Peach County's creation in Nov. 1924, the second floor of Slappey's Opera House (later designated Austin Theater) on Main St. served as the county courthouse. Later, county officials moved the courthouse around the corner to a former Star and Durant auto dealership on South Macon St. The current courthouse was built in 1936. After a fire in 1969, the courthouse was restored with an addition constructed in the early 1970s. Another addition was built in the 1990s.

    County History: On July 18, 1924, the General Assembly proposed a constitutional amendment to create Peach County from Houston and Macon counties (Ga. Laws 1924, p. 39). In that year's general election, Georgia voters ratified the proposed amendment on Nov. 4, 1924, which marks the date of Peach County's creation (although a state historical marker on the courthouse grounds incorrectly cites the county's creation as the day the legislative act proposing the constitutional amendment was approved).

    Georgia's 161st -- and last -- new county was named for the peaches widely grown in the area.

    County Seat: The 1924 constitutional amendment creating Peach County designated Fort Valley as county seat. Fort Valley was originally settled in 1820 as an Indian trading post. The community reportedly was named for Arthur Fort, a Revolutionary War hero. In Feb. 1854, the legislature incorporated Fort Valley.
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    tsimmons Been here awhile

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    It's about to be obvious who doesn't have a wife or girlfriend making up a honey-do list.......
    I set out 7:30 Saturday morning to bag 13 county courthouses, ended up with 12 – thanks tom-tom for helping me delete the Calhoun county courthouse and not realizing it.
    Round trip was about 360 miles and almost nine hours door to door.
    It was dry all day except for the last fifty miles – they were really wet.

    First up – Chattahoochee County, Cusseta GA

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    Location: Cusseta

    Date Built: 1976

    Architectural Style: Modern

    Designer: Biggers, Scarbrough, Neal, Crisp & Clark

    At some point after Cusseta was designated county seat, Chattahoochee County officials had the county's first courthouse erected there. A large, two-story wooden structure, the old courthouse was moved in 1974 to Westville, a composite 1850-era Georgia town consisting of restored houses and other structures in neighboring Stewart County. Here, under the sponsorship of the State Bar of Georgia, the old Chattahoochee County courthouse was restored to its original appearance. In 1975, county officials built a new one-story brick courthouse, followed by the larger county government office building adjacent to the courthouse in 1976.

    I guess I could ease down to Westville and get a picture of the original courthouse.
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    Location: Lumpkin

    Date Built: 1923

    Architectural Style: Neoclassical Revival

    Designer: T.F. Lockwood, Jr.

    This is Stewart County's fifth courthouse. The first was a log cabin built in 1831. A more sturdy structure was completed in 1837. That courthouse was replaced by a substantial two-story brick building in 1896 designed by A.J. Bryan. This building was destroyed by fire in 1922 and rebuilt the following year. Though similar in appearance to its predecessor, the clock tower on the 1923 courthouse was moved from the center of the building toward the front. The courthouse was renovated in 1935-36 as part of a WPA project. The entire structure was renovated in 1983.
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    Location: Georgetown

    Date Built: 1939

    Architectural Style: Stripped Classical with Colonial Revival elements

    Designer: T.F. Lockwood, Jr.

    At some point soon after creation of Quitman County, a wooden two-story courthouse was built in Georgetown. That structure burned in 1920. A rented warehouse was used as a temporary courthouse until a new one could be built. Apparently county revenues were insufficient to fund construction of a new courthouse -- a problem compounded with arrival of the Depression. Quitman County took advantage of federal relief funds to build the one-story brick courthouse in 1939.
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    Nothing but a shell! Construction crews were onsite for the rebuilding.

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    Location: Cuthbert

    Date Built: 1886

    Architectural Style: Queen Anne

    Designer: Kimball, Wheeler & Parkins

    Randolph County was created in late 1828, but it was not until January of 1830 that the county's first elected officers were commissioned. Initially, the town of Lumpkin served as unofficial county seat, with court sessions and other county business taking place in private homes and other locations. In Dec. 1830, Lumpkin served as official county seat for 21 days before being transferred to newly created Stewart County. One year later, a land lot in the center of Randolph County was designated as county seat (as well as the site of the new town of Cuthbert) -- but the county still had no courthouse. According to Jordan and Puster, a wooden courthouse was built here in 1837, with that structure replaced by a brick building in 1840. However, in 1845, the legislature authorized Randolph County officials to levy a special tax to build a new courthouse, so the county's second courthouse may actually date to 1845 or 1846. In 1871, the legislature authorized the county to borrow $20,000 to build a new courthouse, subject to voter approval. Apparently, the election failed, for the legislature enacted new legislation in 1883 calling for a referendum to allow the county to borrow $15,000 to build a courthouse. The election was delayed until 1885, and this time voters gave their approval. Randolph County's new courthouse was completed in 1886 and still serves today.
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