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Webster County

Webster County is named for Daniel Webster, who was a statesman, senator and the United States Secretary of State.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Calhoun County and Chickasaw County

E – Clay County and Oktibbeha County

S – Choctaw County

W – Montgomery County and Grenada County

 

Created:  April 6, 1874                                                                Map of Mississippi highlighting Webster County

County Seat: 

Greensboro  1874 – 1876

Walthall        1876 – present

 

Former County Courthouse – Walthall ( demolished )

 

Location:  NW – Courthouse Square / Carroll Street

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Overstreet, Spencer and Paine

Contractor:  Little-Cleckler Construction Company of Anniston, Alabama

 

Description:  The building faced east and was a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building was located on landscaped grounds in the center of Walthall. The east front had a central entrance which was framed with small overhang above. There were four vertical pilasters with windows between. The second story had large arched windows. The north and south sections projected slightly. The roof was hipperd. The courtroom was located on the second story. The building was renovated in 1974. The architect was McRee Durdman Kennington and the contractor was Hollowman and Gray. The building was modified in 2004. The architect was Belinda Stewart Architects of Eupora and the contractor was Sam Oswalt & Son Inc. The building burned on January 17, 2013 and the ruins were demolished. On the west side is the old jail red colored brick which is used as the town office.

 

See:  The architect, Noah Webster Overstreet of Jackson, also designed courthouses in Alcorn CountyBolivar CountyChoctaw CountyFranklin CountyPontotoc CountyPrentiss CountyRankin County and Tippah County

 

See:  Little-Cleckler Construction Company of Anniston, Alabama also constructed courthouses in Alabama in Fayette County, Jackson County and Limestone Countyin Georgia in Bleckley County, Clarke County, Lincoln County and Walker County; and in Mississippi in Franklin County, Lawrence County and Walthall County.

 

County Courthouse – Walthall 

 

 

Location:  2633 State Highway 9 / State Highway 50

Built:  2018 – 2019

Style:  Modern

Architect:  JH&H Architects of Flowood

Contractor:  Benchmark Construction Corporation of Jackson.

 

Description:  The building faced east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Walthall. The east front has a large central portico supported by two red colored brich pillars rising to the second story roof line.  The roof is hipped. The building has two courtrooms. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 5th Judicial District, County Chancery Court and County Youth Court. 

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $4,485,000 after a settlement with the insurance company following a fire that destroyed the old courthouse

 

See:  The 5th Judicial District includes Attalia County, Carroll CountyChoctaw CountyGrenada CountyMontgomery County and Winston County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1874 and Greensboro was selected as the county seat. The first court met in Greensboro ( Old Greensboro Cemetery ) when the county was created as Sumner County. When Walthall was declared as the county seat for renamed Webster County in 1876, a rough wood frame courthouse was built. The second courthouse was a brick structure built when a brick kiln was built shortly after 1876. The third courthouse was constructed in 1915 to 1916. The building burned in 2013 and the court used temporary facilities in Empora until the fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 2018 to 2019.

 

County Justice Court – Eupora

 

 

Location:  24 East Fox Avenue / Veterans Memorial Drive

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story buff colored brick and wood frame structure. The building is located in the center of Eupora. The roof line is flat. The building contains a small courtroom. The building houses the County Justice Court and served as the temporary courthouse until the present courthouse was constructed.

 

Community Center – Eupora

 

 

Location:  390 West Clark Street / North Dunn Street

Built:  1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  James C Lee & Associates

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a one story flagstone and wood structure. The building is located on the south side of the City Hall in the center of Eupora. The entrance on the west front has a stone arch. The roof is hipped. The large hall was used as the county courtroom until the present courthouse was constructed..

 

 

Former County Courthouse – Walthall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Formr County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse after 2013 fire

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail – Walthall

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Walthall


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Justice Court – Eupora

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Center – Eupora

 

 

Temporary courtroom until County Courthouse constructed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2012 and 2017