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Benton County

Benton County is named for David Benton, who was a veteran of the Creek War and an early settler in the county.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Henry County and Stewart County

E – Houston CountyHumphreys County and Perry County

S – Decatur County

W – Carroll County

 

Created:  December 19, 1837                Map of Tennessee highlighting Benton County

County Seat: 

Camden  1837 – present

 

County Courthouse – Camden  

 

Location:  1 East Court Street / East Main Street

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hart-Freeland-Roberts, Inc. of Nashville and Jackson

Contractor:  Hugh Ward Construction Company of Humboldt

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a is a two story brown colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the east side of the center of Camden. The south front has a large glass section which is recessed and has the main entrance. On the east side of this section, the windows are narrow and vertical. The roof line is flat. The interior has an open atrium with the courtroom on the east side of the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 24th Judicial District. 

 

See:  The architect, Hart-Freeland-Roberts, Inc. of Nashville and Jackson, designed courthouses in Henderson County, Lawrence County and Unicoi County.

 

See:  The 24th Judicial District includes Carroll CountyDecatur CountyHenry County and Hardin County.

 

 

History:  The county was created in 1837 and Camden was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built by Samuel Halliburton at Tranquility in 1836.In 1837 the second courthouse was built by Samuel Ingram. In 1845, the third courthouse was built by Colonel Irvine B Cams on the public square in Camden. The fourth courthouse was built by L B Patton on 1877. In 1915 to 1917, the fifth courthouse was designed by Edward L Dougherty and constructed by A J Bryan and J W Wood. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1973 to 1974 at a cost $500,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Camden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornerstone 1917 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2012 and 2018