County Courthouses of Georgia Thread!

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  1. tsimmons

    tsimmons Been here awhile

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    Location: Valdosta

    Date Built: 1904-05

    Architectural Style: Neoclassical Revival

    Designer: Frank P. Milburn

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    This is the seventh courthouse in the history of Lowndes County. The first was a log structure built in Franklinville in 1828. When Lowndesville was named county seat in 1833, the wooden courthouse was moved from Franklinville. The next year, a new courthouse was built in Lowndesville, which in 1837 was renamed Troupville. Here, Lowndes County's third courthouse was built in 1842. This courthouse burned in 1858. The next year, the legislature moved the county seat from Troupville to Valdosta. Here, the county's fourth courthouse was built -- but it burned in 1869. A new courthouse was built on the city's public square in 1871. This structure was replaced in 1875 by a two-story red brick courthouse. After serving thirty years, this structure was torn down in 1904, with the current courthouse completed the following year. The Lowndes County courthouse is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful county courthouses in Georgia.

    If salsa (the spread/dip) is your thing.....then there were people set up at the courthouse to sell it to you....
  2. tsimmons

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    A sad modern courthouse, grand and functional clock towers replaced with radio towers.....

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    Location: Statenville

    Date Built: 1956

    Architectural Style: Modern

    Designer: W. Conner Thomson

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    The 1858 act creating Echols County named Harris Tomlinson, Guilford Register, and William B. Cruise as commissioners with authority to select the site and purchase land for location of the county seat. The legislation further provided that voters of the county assemble at the town of Troublesome on the first Monday in April 1859 and elect county officials. If, by the time of the election, the commissioners had not selected a county seat, the newly elected justices of the inferior court would be empowered to select the county seat. In 1859, either the commissioners or the inferior court designated Statenville as county seat. The settlement had been named for the community's first store owner, Capt. James Staten. The General Assembly incorporated Statenville by an act of Dec. 13, 1859 (Ga. Laws 1859, p. 200). (Unfortunately, the act incorrectly identified the new town as "Statesville" rather than "Statenville" -- a mistake that has never been corrected. Nevertheless, highway maps and local residents identify the town as "Statenville.")

    In 1958, the General Assembly approved a local act redrawing the boundaries of Statenville. According to the legislation, the town's new boundaries consisted of the Echols County courthouse square -- meaning that the city had no official population. In 1965, the legislature approved a local act giving Statenville a new city charter (and one that spelled its name correctly). The legislation required approval in a referendum, but Statenville voters turned down the new charter.

    By the early 1990s, Statenville was one of over 100 official towns that provided few if any services to their citizens. Some of these towns had long been inactive-- but legally they retained the status of an incorporated municipality. In an effort to deal with this problem, the General Assembly enacted legislation mandating that any incorporated city in Georgia must provide its citizens with at least three municipal services or lose its charter (O.C.G.A. sec. 36-30-7.1). Though given a grace period to comply, over 100 small or inactive towns -- including Statenville -- lost their municipal charters on July 1, 1995. At that point, they became unincorporated communities under the jurisdiction of their county governments. Today, Echols, Columbia, and Crawford are the only Georgia counties with an unincorporated community serving as county seat.
  3. tsimmons

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    Location: Lakeland

    Date Built: 1973

    Architectural Style: Modern

    Designer: Thomas Sanders

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    In an act of Aug. 11, 1919, the General Assembly proposed a constitutional amendment to create Lanier County from Berrien, Clinch, and Lowndes counties (Ga. Laws 1919, p. 68). An act of Aug. 7, 1920 amended the constitutional amendment to redefine the boundaries of the new county (Ga. Laws 1920, p. 45). Georgia voters approved the constitutional amendment on Nov. 2, 1920, which marks the official date of Lanier County's creation (although a state historical marker on the courthouse grounds incorrectly lists Aug. 11, 1919 [the day the legislative act proposing the constitutional amendment was approved] and Aug. 7, 1920 [the day that act was amended] as the dates Lanier County was created).

    Locals were raising money to help an man with medical bills related to cancer treatment. I traded legal tender for a half a chicken dinner. The old bird didn't put up much of a fight after laying out on that grill for a while. A coke, a smile and an Aleve were also enjoyed as i sat on the curb.
  4. tsimmons

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    Location: Homerville

    Date Built: 1896

    Architectural Style: Victorian functional with Neoclassical Revival additions

    Designer: Unknown

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    The 1850 act creating Clinch County named a five-member commission with responsibility for selecting the county seat and erecting a courthouse built (Ga. Laws 1849-50, p. 126). Until the courthouse was built, the act directed that elections and superior and inferior court sessions be held in the house of Jonathan Knight. The first courthouse, built in 1852, burned in 1856. A new courthouse built in 1859 burned in 1867. The present courthouse was completed in 1896. In 1936, the WPA financed a major rehabilitation of the courthouse as well as construction of an addition to the structure.
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    Location: Pearson

    Date Built: 1920

    Architectural Style: Neoclassical Revival

    Designer: J.J. Baldwin

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    On Aug. 15, 1917, the General Assembly proposed a constitutional amendment to create Atkinson County from the southern half of Coffee County and a small portion along the northern border of Clinch County (Ga. Laws 1917, p. 41).

    Georgia voters ratified the constitutional amendment in the Nov. 5, 1918 general election, which is considered the date of Atkinson County's creation (although a state historical marker on the county courthouse grounds incorrectly cites the 1917 act proposing the constitutional amendment as the date of the county's creation). Georgia's 153rd county was named for former governor William Y. Atkinson (who served 1894-1898).

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    Location: US 129 in downtown Nashville

    GPS Coordinates: 31.20679, 83.24995

    Date Built: 1899

    Architectural Style:Romanesque Revival/Colonial Revival

    Designer: W. Chamberlain

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    The 1856 act creating Berrien County appointed William Roberts, Josiah Parish, Cornelius Tison, Jasper M. Luke and Owen Smith as commissioners to purchase land for a county seat. However, the law also directed that election of county officials be held on the first Monday of April 1856. Should the commissioners not have selected a county seat by the time of the election, the new justices of the county's inferior court were authorized to make this decision. Shortly thereafter, the community of Nashville was named county seat. Like its Tennessee counterpart, Nashville was named for Revolutionary War heroGen. Francis Nash (1742-1777), who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Germantown. The General Assembly incorporated Nashville on Dec. 20, 1892 (Ga. Laws 1892, p. 162).

    Nashville did not exist before the creation of Berrien County and was created for the purpose of being county seat. Original plans were to have the county seat in the geographical center, which is today’s community of Flat Creek. For one reason or another, it was moved a few miles south.
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    Location: Hutchinson Ave. (US 41) at E. Second St., Adel

    GPS Coordinates: 31.13927, 83.42398

    Date Built: 1938-39

    Architectural Style: Stripped Classical

    Designer: William J.J. Close

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    On July 30, 1918, the General Assembly proposed a constitutional amendment to create the state's 155th county . In that year's general election, Georgia voters ratified the proposed amendment on Nov. 5, 1918, which marks the date of Cook County's creation (although a state historical marker on the Cook County courthouse grounds incorrectly cites the county's creation as the day the legislative act proposing the constitutional amendment was approved).

    The constitutional amendment establishing Cook County provided that Adel serve as county seat. Adel was settled at an unknown date, perhaps as early as the 1860s. According to Kenneth Krakow, it originally was a small settlement named Puddleville. The town's first postmaster apparently wanted a more sophisticated name and derived the name "Adel" from Philadelphia by taking away the first four and last four letters. He was successful in having the post office designated Adel in 1873. In the 1880s, the Georgia Southern & Florida Railroad was built through Adel, and in 1889 the legislature incorporated the town. By 1915, Adel was served by the National Automobile Highway and was the largest town in the western portion of Berrien County that would form Cook County.
  8. tsimmons

    tsimmons Been here awhile

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    The eleventh courthouse today and the last. Ninety miles back to the house.

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    Location: Tifton

    Date Built: 1912-13

    Architectural Style: Beaux Arts Classicism

    Designer: W.A. Edwards

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    In 1872, Henry Hardin Tift built a saw mill and commissary at the crossing of the Brunswick & Western Railroad and the Georgia Southern & Florida Railroad in Berrien County. Tift named the settlement Lena (a former sweetheart), but a sawmill worker placed the name "Tifton" on a wooden board and nailed it to a tree -- and the name stuck. The worker had meant to recognize Henry Tift with the name, but Henry disavowed credit. Instead, he insisted that the name honor his uncle, Nelson Tift. On Dec. 28, 1890, the legislature incorporated Tifton. In the 1905 legislation creating Tift County, the legislature designated Tifton as the new county seat.

    Tift County was created on Aug. 17, 1905 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1905, p. 60). Formed from portions of Berrien, Irwin, and Worth counties, Georgia's 141st county was named for Nelson Tift, who helped found the city of Albany. Tift became a important local businessman, local judge, militia commander, member of the Georgia House of Representatives, newspaper publisher, railroad official, and member of Congress (1868-69). Although he did not live in the county that would take his name, Tift was well known for his efforts to promote the economic resources of south Georgia. Although there is some rationale for the name of Tift County also being to honor Nelson Tift's nephew, Henry Harding Tift, who in 1872 founded the community that became known as Tifton, the legislation creating Tift County specifically credited the name to Nelson Tift. This remained the case until 2013, when legislation sponsored by the local delegation was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by the governor - officially indicating that Tift County is named for Henry Harding Tift.


    On the way back north on I75, I had some dude that seemed to be fascinated with my 'look ma no hands' approach to piloting the FJR. His camera phone came out and i feel I have been facebooked, tweeted, instagramed and liked for some reason or another.....
  9. PoodlePumper

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    I couldn't get right in front of it...it sits right in the road.

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    Location: Calhoun

    GPS Coordinates of Courthouse Main Entrance: 34°30.160N, 84°57.059W

    Street Address: 100 Wall Street, Calhoun, GA 30701

    Date Built: 1961

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    Designer: Cunningham & Forehand

    County History: Gordon County was created on Feb. 13, 1850 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1849-50, p. 124). The new county was formed from portions of Cass (later renamed Bartow) and Floyd counties. All lands that would become Gordon County were originally occupied by the Cherokee Indians -- and, in fact, the area was home of New Echota, capital of the Cherokee Nation. Even while Cherokees remained on their homeland, the Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation in Dec. 1830 that provided for surveying the Cherokee Nation (see map) in Georgia and dividing it into sections, districts, and land lots (see map). Subsequently, the legislature identified this entire area as "Cherokee County" (even though it never functioned as a county). An act of Dec. 3, 1832 divided the Cherokee lands into ten new counties -- Cass (later renamed Bartow), Cherokee, Cobb, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union. Cherokee lands were distributed to whites in a land lottery, but the legislature temporarily prohibited whites from taking possession of lots on which Cherokees still lived.

    It was not until Dec. 29, 1835 that Georgia had an official basis for claiming the unceded Cherokee lands that included the future location of Gordon County. In the Treaty of New Echota, a faction of the Cherokees agreed to give up all Cherokee claims to land in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina and move west in return for $5 million. Though a majority of Cherokees opposed the treaty and refused to leave, the U.S. and Georgia considered it binding. In 1838, U.S. Army troops rounded up the last of 15,000 Cherokees in Georgia and forced them to march west in what came to be known as the "Trail of Tears."

    Gordon County's original 1850 boundaries (see legal description) were changed numerous times between 1852 to 1877, during which time the legislature transferred portions of Cass (Bartow), Floyd, Murray, Pickens, and Walker counties to Gordon County, while transferring land from Gordon to Floyd and Murray counties.

    Georgia's 94th county was named for William Washington Gordon (1796-1842), the first Georgian to graduate from West Point and first president of the Central of Georgia Railroad.


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  10. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    Thanks for contribution PP! Nice grab! I was wondering if anyone else was going to play!

    Travis, I'm going to talk with the boss and see if we can get you a raise! :lol3

    Looks like not all counties have the funds to build a fancy courthouse. Kind of sad to see those plain Jane courthouses when some of them are so grandiose!

    Hopefully, I can get sometime soon to grab a few.

    Worth, Atkinson and Lowndes courthouses are spectacular!
  11. b1pig

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    well. i was going to. you hit every county where i live.
    berrien
    lowndes
    lanier
    cook
    echols
    tift......

    hell, someone was in nashville? 10 miles from the house.... :cry
  12. tsimmons

    tsimmons Been here awhile

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    Soon or later....I figured i would end up playing in someone else's sandbox!

    And that's one thing i noticed about the area. Everywhere i saw an unpaved road, it was sand. Put a courthouse down a dirt road and its safe from me. The FJR and I don't do dirt. :D

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    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    Is Calhoun down a dirt road or does it have red hair? :lol3
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    tsimmons Been here awhile

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    Yeah, yeah, yeah.... I'll get your Calhoun county..... :) I'm calling it a Tom Tom victim. Or maybe operator error. You'd think with about 1300 miles in this quest I'd have been by it....

    Lol... the last time I had a raise, it involved a 50 foot man lift.

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  15. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    Just updated the map, 73 down 86 to go! When we hit 80 it will be just past half way! :clap

    Don't know what I'd do without you Travis! You remind me a lot Ernbo, once he has his sights set on something, he's relentless!
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    tsimmons Been here awhile

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    We should work out a route that allows each of us to get a few courthouses and end up at a meeting place..... Of course we can't let it slow me down either.

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    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    Sounds like a plan. Maybe make it a last stop so there is no feeling of anxiousness. I know after I eat, I tend to get lethargic. Oh wait, I'm like that all the time. :rofl
  18. PoodlePumper

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    I live in Floyd...can't believe I haven't been able to get it. Gordon County was for Calhoun methinks...and the road was paved :lol3

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    tsimmons Been here awhile

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    I am referring to Calhoun county... County seat is Morgan ga..... somehow I missed it on the third courthouse run I made. I stand by my assertion that my Tom Tom was having a HAL 9000 moment and caused the routing error. :)

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    D'oh. I think I just had a HAL moment. :huh