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DeKalb County

DeKalb County is named for Johann de Kalb, who was a German born baron who assisted the Continentals during the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Smith County

E – Putnam County and White County

S – Warren County

W – Cannon County and Wilson County


Created:  December 11, 1837                Map of Tennessee highlighting DeKalb County

County Seat: 

Smithville  1838 – present


County Courthouse – Smithville  


Location:  1 North Public Square / East Main Street

Built:  1969 – 1970

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Maffett-Howland and Associates

Contractor:  Puckett Construction Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story stone, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Public Square in the center of Smithville. There are vertical windows and the center section on the west and east sides project from the main building. The roof line is flat. The interior has Art Deco ornamentation and marble. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County Criminal Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 13th Judicial District. 


See:  The 13th Judicial District includes Clay County, Cumberland CountyOverton County, Pickett County Putnam County and White County.


History:  The county was created in 1837 and Smithville was selected as the county seat in 1838. The first court met in 1838 at the log home of Mr. Richardson on the bank of Fall Creek. The court met in the newly completed brick jail in 1839. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure erected in Smithville in 1839 to 1840. The second courthouse was built in 1890 in the center of the square. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1925. The third courthouse was constructed in 1925 to 1926 and was replaced by the fourth and present courthouse in 1969 to 1970.



County Courthouse – Smithville



























Photos taken 2012 and 2018