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Brown County

Brown County is named for Jacob Brown, who was an officer during the War of 1812 and who was wounded at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Clinton County and Highland County 

E – Highland County and Adams County

S – Mason County, Kentucky and Bracken County, Kentucky

W – Clermont County


Created:  March 1, 1818                         Map of Ohio highlighting Brown County

County Seat: 

Ripley             1818 – 1821

Bridgewater    1821 – 1823

Georgetown    1823 – present


County Courthouse – Georgetown  


Location:  101 South Main Street / Cherry Street

Built:  1849 – 1851

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Emmet Hubert Baker

Contractor:  Emmet Hubert Baker and Charles Crouch


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Georgetown. The west front has a recessed porch with two Doric columns rising to a header and with wide pediment above. The building has blue colored window and door trim. The windows are shuttered on both levels; a balcony is attached above the door and is accessed by a set of French Doors. The roof above the entrance resembles a pediment but is actually a gable. The two wings also contain entrances but the door is not recessed like the main entrance. Two stacked rectangular drums protrude from the center of the building with an octagon drum supporting the dome. A four faced clock protrudes from the sides of the final drum. The roof is sloped. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas. Wings were added in 1914. In 1977, a fire damaged the building. The building was repaired by Modern Sales and Construction.


Note: In 1849, Robert N McLain received the contract to dig the basement. John Cleaves did the stonework and Jackson Egbert  furnished the stone and fencing.  Basil Waters and Jackson Devore were contracted to do the brickwork and  Emmet Hubert Baker and Charles Crouch were contracted to do the carpentry.


See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Middletown ( 12th Appellate District )


County Courthouse Annex  – Georgetown  


Location:  510 East State Street / Home Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story structure.The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds to the east of the center of Georgetown. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – Juvenile and Probate Division.


History:  The county was created in 1818 and Ripley was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was started in 1821 but the county seat was moved to Bridgewater and then to Georgetown in 1823. The second courthouse, a square red colored brick structure was built in 1823. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1849 to 1851.


County Administration Building – Georgetown  




Location:  720 Mount Orb Pike / Iowa Street

Built:  1989 – 1990

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hayes, Tanner & Stone

Contractor:  O’Rourke Construction Company


Description:  The building faces south an is a one story brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the north pf the center of Georgetown. The south front has a large portico supported by four columns. The entrance id recessed. On the center of the hipped roof is a white colored cupola. 



County Courthouse – Georgetown 















Commissioner Minutes



County Administration Building – Georgetown





Photos taken 2011 and 2012