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Cumberland County

Cumberland County is named for the Cumberland Mountains which run along the eastern part of Tennessee.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Putnam CountyOverton CountyFentress County and Morgan County

E – Morgan County and Roane County

S – Rhea County and Bledsoe County

W – Van Buren CountyWhite County and Putnam County


Created:  November 16, 1855                Map of Tennessee highlighting Cumberland County

County Seat: 

Crossville  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Crossville  


Location:  2 North Main Street / 4th Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  W Chamberlin and Company of Knoxville

Contractor:  Lewman and Company of Louisville, Kentucky


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored crab orchard stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Crossville. The west front has two large arches on the first story and rising to a tiered section with white colored drum and an octagonal cupola with clock and domed roof. On the south west and northwest corners are octagonal towers. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the former courtroom is located on the second story. In 1978, the east wing was constructed. The architect was Hart-Freeland-Roberts, Inc. of Nashville and the contractor was Flynn Construction Company of Crossville.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Cumberland County Courthouse


Old County Courthouse – Crossville  



Location:  20 South Main Street / 4th Street

Built:  1885 – 1886

Style:  Federal

Architect:  J F Bowman of Knoxville

Contractor:  D G Brow, W J McGuire, Lewis Bennett and W J Andrews of Crossville


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored sandstone structure. The building is located in the center of Crossville across the street from the present courthouse. The east front has a small one story portico at the central entrance. There are dormers on the hipped roof. The building now houses the Military Museum


County Justice Center – Crossville  



Location:  90 Justice  Center Drive / South Main Street

Built:  1929 – 1930

Style:  School and Modern

Architect:  R H Hunt

Contractor:  Edward Clingan. ( superintendent of construction )


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city to the south of the courthouse. The building was the Cumberland County High School until 2009 when it was remodeled to house the courts. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County Criminal Court, County General Sessions Court, County Juvenile Court and County probate and Family Court of the 13th Judicial District. In 1951, a large addition was constructed by Claude Turner.  Along the south side, a modern addition was constructed in 1990 to 1992. The architect was Upland Design Group, Inc. of Crossville and Sparkman & Associates and the contractor was Mid-State Construction Inc. The building was remodeled in 2009 to 2010 converting the building for use as a courthouse. The architect was Upland Design Group, Inc. of Crossville and the contractor was Parsley Brothers Construction of Murfreesboro.


See:  The architect, Uplands Design Group, Inc. of Crossville also designed courthouses in Fentress County and Van Buren County.


See:  The 13th Judicial District includes Clay County, DeKalb County, Overton County, Pickett CountyPutnam County and White County.


History:  The county was created in 1855 and Crossville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a one story frame structure built in 1857. The second courthouse was built in 1885 to 1886 at a cost of $5,200 and is still standing. The cost of construction of the third and present courthouse was $23,000 in 1905. The County Justice Center was constructed in 1929 to 1930 at a cost of $75,000 with an additions constructed in 1951 and 1990 to 1992. The building was converted for use as a courthouse in 2009 to 2010 at a cost of $14,000,000.



County Courthouse – Crossville

















Former Courtroom









Old County Courthouse – Crossville









County Justice Center – Crossville





























Photos taken 2014 and 2018