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Bledsoe County

Bledsoe County is named for Anthony Bledsoe, who was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, a surveyor and an early settler in Sumner County.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cumberland County

E – Rhea County and Hamilton County

S – Sequatchie County

W – Van Buren County

 

Created:  November 6, 1801                  Map of Tennessee highlighting Bledsoe County

County Seat: 

Madison     1801 – 1816

Pikeville      1816 – present

 

County Courthouse – Pikeville

 

Location:  116 Main Street / Spring Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Federal

Architect:  W K Brown & Brother

Contractor:  W K Brown & Brother

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Pikeville. The building is an “H” shaped structure with extended sections on the north and south sides. The west front has a central portico with four columns rising to a header at the roof line. The entrance is arched. The north and south sections project from the main building. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the first story has a long north-south corridor. There is wooden strip wainscoting and dark-stained doors frames. At the north end is a dog-leg metal staircase ascending to the second story. The staircase has original iron newel posts, iron handrail and iron balusters. The second story has a pressed tin ceiling and the courtroom with faux pine floor to ceiling paneling and pine flooring. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 12th Judicial District. On the east side of the building is a one story office building constructed in 1965.

 

See:  The architect and contractor, W K Brown & Brother, also designed and constructed the courthouse in Sequatchie County.

 

See:  The 12th Judicial District includes Franklin CountyGrundy CountyMarion County, Rhea County and Sequatchie County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1801 and Madison was selected as the county seat. In 1816, the county seat was moved to Pikeville. The first courthouse was constructed around 1821. The second courthouse was constructed by Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky in 1907 and burned on December 9, 1909.  The third and present courthouse was designed and constructed in 1910 to 1911 by W K Brown who was a brick contractor, at a cost of $14,693. The Judge’s stand was built by Lafayette Worthington.

 

 

County Courthouse – Pikeville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture 1907 County Courthouse

 

 

Photos taken 2012 and 2014