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Perry County

Perry County is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, who was a Commodore in the United States navy and who defeated the British in the decisive Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jones County and Wayne County

E – Greene County and George County 

S – George County and Stone County

W – Forrest County


Created:  February 3, 1820                                                        Map of Mississippi highlighting Perry County

County Seat: 

New Augusta  1820 – present


County Courthouse – New Augusta 


Location:  101 Main Street / 2nd Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  William S Hull of Jackson

Contractor:  McGee and Garber


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The east front has a projecting center section with a large portico having three arches on the first story and four columns rising to a pediment with circular window at the roof line. The windows have stone trim at the top and are vertical and narrow. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 12th Judicial District, County Chancery Court and County Youth Court. An addition was built on the southwest side in 1992. The architect was Albert & Lewis and the contractor was Finlo Construction Company Inc. On the west side is the old County Jail and no the northwest side is the County Courthouse Annex.


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, Jefferson Davis County, Pike CountySharkey County and Tallahatchie County.


See:  The 12th Judicial District includes Forrest County.


History:  The county was created in 1820 and Old Augusta was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built and was destroyed by fire in 1868. The second courthouse was built and was also destroyed by fire in 1900. The county seat was moved to New Augusta in 1906. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1905.



County Courthouse – New Augusta















Old County Jail – New Augusta



County Courthouse Annex – New Augusta





Photos taken 2012