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Houston County

Houston County is named for Sam Houston, who was a Governor of Tennessee and congressman, president of the Republic of Texas, United States Senator from Texas and Governor of Texas.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Stewart County and Montgomery County

E – Dickson County 

S – Humphreys County 

W – Benton County


Created:  January 23, 1871                    Map of Tennessee highlighting Houston County

County Seat: 

Arlington  1871 to 1878

Erin          1878 – present


County Courthouse – Erin


Location:  4725 East Main Street / East Market Street

Built:  1955 – 1956

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Burkhalter, Hickerson & Associates

Contractor:  Frank Barrett Construction


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Erin and has a recessed central entrance on the south side of the second story. The windows are vertical with concrete panels between. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located at the southeast corner of the third story. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 23rd Judicial District. 


County Courthouse – Erin ( Arlington )



Location:  201 Knight Street / Robby Drive

Built:  1871 – 1872

Style:  Wood Frame

Architect:  G W Buquo

Contractor:  G W Buquo


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story red colored brick and wood frame structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Arlington. The west front has an enclosed porch with white colored arched door. On the hipped roof is a white colored square cupola. On the south side is a one story section with hipped roof. The building is now the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


See:  The 23rd Judicial District includes Cheatham CountyDickson County, Humphreys County and Stewart County.


History: The county was created in 1971 and Arlington was selected as the county seat in 1872. The first court met in the United Church in Arlington and the first courthouse, a frame structure was erected in Arlington. In 1871 the contract for the erection of the second courthouse was awarded to G W Buquo, at the sum of $1,440. In 1878 the county seat was moved to Erin and the court met over the store of N O Thomas. In 1881, the third courthouse was designed by H H Buquo of Erin and built at a cost of $7,000 by L J Neville in 1883. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1955 to 1956.



County Courthouse – Erin

























Picture 1883 County Courthouse



Old County Courthouse – Arlington





Photos taken 2014 and 2018