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Simpson County

Simpson County is named for Josiah Simpson, who was a judge during the Mississippi Territory period.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Rankin County

E – Smith County

S – Covington CountyJefferson Davis County and Lawrence County

W – Copiah County

 

Created:  January 24, 1824                                                        Map of Mississippi highlighting Simpson County

County Seat: 

Westville      1827 – 1900

Mendenhall  1900 – 1905

Westville      1905 – 1906

Mendenhall  1906 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mendenhall 

 

Location:  100 West Court Street / Ash Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Andrew J Bryan

Contractor:  M W Land

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mendenhall. The south front has a large portico with four large columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. There is a balcony on the second story. The east and west ends of the building are rounded. A wide band runs below the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large octagonal dome with clock at the top. On the east and west are rounded domes on the roof. The interior has on-axis hallways which intersect on the first story. The County Circuit Court courtroom occupies the western part of the second story with a curving balcony which rises into the third story. The ceiling has pressed metal and a cornice and the courtroom is lighted by one of the two saucer-domed cupolas. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 13th Judicial District. The building was renovated in 1987 to 1988. The architect was Chemmer and Clark and the contractor was Leon C Miles Inc. The building was renovated in 2007. The architect was Barrance Architectural PLLC and the contractor was Mayrant & Associates, LLC.

 

See: The architect,  Andrew J Bryan, designed the courthouses in Alabama in Coffee County, Lee County and Monroe County; in Georgia in Colquitt County, Pulaski County and Stewart County; in Kentucky in Bracken Couinty and Mercer County; in Louisiana in Pointe Coupee Parish;  in Mississippi in Attala County; and in Texas in Rains County.

 

See:  National Register of historic Places – Simpson County Courthouse

 

County Chancery Court Building – Mendenhall 

 

 

Location:  111 West Pine Street / North West Street

Built:  1970 – 1971

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Barlow & Plunkett of Jackson

Contractor:  Campbell Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Mendenhall. The south front has a recessed section on the east half of the first story. The second story has vertical dividers between the windows. The roof line is flat. On the east side is the County Multi Purpose Building. The building houses the County Chancery Court and County Youth Court.

 

County Justice Court – Mendenhall 

 

 

Location:  1498 Simpson Highway 149 / Cemetery Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a one story buff colored concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the east of the center of Mendenhall. The south front has a two entrance with white colored porticoes supported by thin white colored pillars. The lower part of the building has dark red colored concrete blocks. The roof is hipped. Thewest section of the building houses the County Justice Court.

 

See:  The 13th Judicial District includes Covington CountyJasper County and Smith County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1824 and Westville was selected as the county seat in 1827. The first courts were held at the home of William Gibson and the first courthouse, a small log structure. The second courthouse was a frame structure built in 1827 and was destroyed by fire in 1844. The third courthouse was a brick structure built in 1845 but it also burned down in 1872. The fourth courthouse was a brick structure built in 1873. In 1900, the county seat was moved to Mendenhall and then back to Westville in 1905. The county seat was finally moved to Mendenhall in 1906. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908 at a cost of $59,900.

 

 

County Courthouse – Mendenhall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Chancery Court Building – Mendenhall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Multi Purpose Building – Mendenhall

 

 

County Justice Court – Mendenhall

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2011 and 2019