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Panola County

Panola County is named for the Native American word meaning “cotton”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Tate County

E – Lafayette County 

S – Yalobusha County and Tallahatchie County

W – Quitman County and Tunica County

 

Created:  February 9, 1836                                                        Map of Mississippi highlighting Panola County

County Seat: 

Panola       1836 – 1866

Batesville   1836 – present    ( Second Judicial District )

Sardis        1836 – present   ( First Judicial District )

* Panola County has two county seats

 

County Courthouse – Batesville 

 

Location:  151 Public Square / Court Street

Built:  1966 – 1967

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Pritchard and Nickles

Contractor:  Carothers & Carothers

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a one story red colored brick, glass  and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Batesville. The southwest front has large porch supported by thin white colored pillars rising to the roof overhang, Behind is a glass panel wall with the entrances on either side of the center glass wall. A horizontal white band runs along the roof line. The building extends northeast and a lower wing extends northwest with a smaller porch at the northwest entrance. The roof line is flat. In the interir, the building has a large high ceiling County Circuit Court courtroom. The building houses the court for the Second District County Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial District, County Chancery Court, County Youth Court and County Justice Court.

 

County Courthouse – Sardis

 

 

Location:  215 South Pocahontas Street / McLaurin Street

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Pritchard and Nickles

Contractor:  McCain & Associates

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a one story red colored brick, glass and  concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Sardis. The east front has a high center section with vertical brick dividers rising to the roof overhang. There is a center entrance with glass above. On either side of the center are glass walls and more entrances on the north and south sides of the front. The building is lower on the north and south sides. A wide horizontal white colored band runs along the flat roof line. The building houses the First District County Circuit Court of the 17 th Judicial District, County Chancery Court and County Justice Court.  

 

See:  The 17th Judicial District includes DeSoto CountyTallahatchie CountyTate County and Yalobusha County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1836 and Panola was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was erected in Panola. Batesville became the county seat in 1866 when Panola was absorbed. Sardis became the second county seat in 1866. The second courthouse was built in 1873 in Sardis. The third courthouse was a two story structure built in Batesville in 1880. The fourth courthouse was designed by L M Weathers and constructed by M T Lewman & Company in Sardis in 1903. The fifth and present courthouse in Batesville was constructed in 1967. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in Sardice in 1973 to 1974.

 

 

County Courthouse – Batesville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Sardis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2012 and 2017