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Coffee County

Coffee County is named for John Coffee, who was a frontiersman, planter and veteran of the Creek War and War of 1812.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cannon County

E – Warren County and Grundy County

S – Franklin County

W – Moore CountyBedford County and Rutherford County


Created:  May 2, 1836                            Map of Tennessee highlighting Coffee County

County Seat:  

Manchester  1836 – present


County Courthouse – Manchester  


Location:  West Main Street / Irvine Street

Built:  1870 – 1871

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  J O Wright and D S Wright of Nashville and Henry Levy

Contractor:  J O Wright and D S Wright of Nashville and Henry Levy


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Public Square in the center of Manchester. The south front and the north side have a central entrance on the first story with fanlight above. On the second story is a double arched window and above is a part pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large square white colored open cupola topped by a sheet metal spire. In the interior there is a north-south hall on the first story which formerly had four large rooms at each corner. The wooden stairs ascend to the courtroom located on the second story. The courtroom has wood paneling. An addition was built onto the north side in 1914. The contractor was W B Crick.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Coffee County Courthouse


County Justice Center – Manchester  



Location:  300 Hillsboro Boulevard / Ramsey Street

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Schooolhouse

Architect:  Marr & Holman of Nashville

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Manchester to the south of the old courthouse and is the former Coffee County Central High School. The north front has a glass entrance on the first story. The west wing is three stories. The building has a flat roof line. In the interior, the courtrooms are located on the third story. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 14th Judicial District. The building was originally constructed as the Coffee County Central High School and was converted for use as a courthouse in 1980 to 1982. An addition was constructed in 1982. The architect was Sverdrup Parcel and Associates and the contractor was Sein Construction Company.


History:  The county was created in 1836 and Manchester was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1837 and was destroyed by fire. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1870 to 1871 at a cost of $8,746. The County Justice Center was constructed in 1909 to 1910 and converted for use as a courthouse in 1980 to 1982.



County Courthouse – Manchester























County Justice Center – Manchester















Old County Central High School – Manchester



Renovation Plans 1982

Photos taken 2012 and 2018