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Jefferson Davis County

Jefferson Davis County is named for Jefferson Davis, who was the president of the Confederacy during the American Civil War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Simpson County

E – Covington County

S – Lamar County and Marion County

W – Lawrence County

 

Created:  March 31, 1906                                                           Map of Mississippi highlighting Jefferson Davis County

County Seat: 

Prentiss  1906 – present

 

County Courthouse – Prentiss 

 

Location:  2426 Pearl Street / 3rd Street

Built:  1906 – 1907

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William Sharkey Hull of Jackson

Contractor:  William J McGee

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Prentiss. The southeast front has a large portico with three brick arches and four white colored columns on the second story rising to a pediment at the roof line. On either side of the portico are brick towers which rise above the roof line. The building has a gabled roof. In the interior, there is a broad central corridor intersected by a narrow cross hall.  The stair consists of a paneled newel post and turned balusters. The original pressed metal ceiling remains over the staircase. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story in the semi-circular part of the floor plan. The courtroom is fan-shaped and is two stories in height. The judge’s bench is located on a raised dais recessed into the rear wall. The dais is framed by original Corinthian pilasters and a pediment. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial District, County Chancery Court, County Youth Court and County Justice Court. On the southwest side is a new addition constructed in 2005 to 2006. The architect was Watkins & Cox of McComb and the contractor was Mayrant & Associates of Jackson.

 

See:  The architect, William S Hull of Jackson also designed courthouses in Alabama in Bibb County and Choctaw County and in Mississippi in Covington County, Forrest County, Perry CountyPike CountySharkey County and Tallahatchie County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Jefferson Davis County Courthouse

 

See:  The 15th Judicial District includes Lamar County, Lawrence CountyMarion County and Pearl River County

 

History:  The county was created in 1906 and Prentiss was selected as the county seat. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1906 to 1907.

 

County Administration Building – Prentiss 

 

 

Location:  2476 Pearl Avenue / 4th Street

Built:  2004 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Architects, Engineers & Associates of Jackson

Contractor:  Dewitt Faler Contractor of Collins

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Prentiss to the east of the courthouse. The northwest front has a projecting white colored portico with three arches and one arch on each side. The windows are framed with white colored trim. The roof is flat. 

 

 

County Courthouse – Prentiss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Prentiss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2011 and 2019