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Madison County

Madison County is named for James Madison, who was the fourth President of the United States of America.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Holmes County and Attalia County

E – Leake CountyScott County and Rankin County

S – Hinds County

W – Yazoo County


Created:  January 29, 1828                                                        Map of Mississippi highlighting Madison County

County Seat: 

Beattie’s Bluff  1828 – 1829

Livingston        1829 – 1830

Madisonville    1830 – 1833

Canton            1833 – present


Old County Courthouse – Canton


Location:  Courthouse Square / Liberty Street

Built:  1854 – 1858

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Joseph Willis

Contractor:  Allan Patrick


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story brown colored brick structure. The building is located on the spacious grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Canton. The west and east sides have porticoes with four high columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. There are vertical piasters dividing the windows. A wide horizontal band runs below the roof line. On the center of the roof is an octagonal dome with black colored dome roof with small cupola at the top. The building houses some government offices. The former cvourtroom is located on the second story. The building was remodeled in 1908. The contractor was Harry C Hull. In 1925, the building was renovated. The architect was Claude H Lindsley and the contractor was Lundberg & Hayes. There were alterations and additions in 1940. The architect was Hull & Drummond. Interior renovations were done in 1968 to 1969. The architect was John Eldridge Decell III. Restoration was done in 1994 to 1996. The architect was Craig, Singleton & Holloman and the contractor was Mid-South Construction Company.


County Courthouse – Canton



Location:  128 West North Street / North Liberty Street

Built:  1994 – 1995

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Craig & Singleton

Contractor:  Mid-State Construction Company, Inc.


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Canton to the north of the old courthouse. The south front has a large porch with four white colored columns. Behind the columns is a curved glass wall with central entrance on the first story. On the roof is a small low conical shaped cupola. There are lower east and west wings. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial District, County Chancery Court, County Court and County Youth Court.


See:  The 20th Judicial District includes Rankin County.


History:  The county was created in i828 and Beattie’s Bluff was selected as the county seat. In 1829, the county seat was moved to Livingston and in 1830 to Madisonville. The county seat was moved to Canton in 1833. The county used rented premises until the first courthouse was built in 1854 to 1858 at a cost of $26,428. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1994 to 1995.


County Administration Building – Canton



Location:  125 West North Street / North Union Street

Built:  2006 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  JH&H Architects of Brandon

Contractor:  Frazier Construction Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Canton and is set back from the street line. The east side has an open porch rising to the roof line with recessed entrance. At the center of the north front is a curved section with large white colored pediment rising above the flat roof line. 


County Justice Court – Canton



Location:  2961 South Liberty Street / Corrections Street

Built:  2001 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Dean & Dean Associates / Architects

Contractor:  Harrell Construction Group


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a one story buff colored stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds to the south of the center of Canton. The southeast front has a one story porch with stone pillars. The entrance is recessed. The roof is sloped. 



Old County Courthouse – Canton















County Courthouse – Canton

















County Administration Building – Canton



County Justice Court – Canton







Photos taken 2012 and 2017