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Jefferson County

Jefferson County is named for Thomas Jefferson, who was President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grainger County and Hamblen County

E – Cocke County

S – Sevier County 

W – Sevier County and Knox County

Created:  June 11, 1792                         Map of Tennessee highlighting Jefferson County

County Seat: 

Dandridge  1792 – present


County Courthouse – Dandridge  


Location:  202 West Main Street / Middle Alley

Built:  1845 – 1846

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Judge Robert Hynes

Contractor:  Hickman Brothers Construction


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure.  The building is located on sloped landscaped grounds in the center of Dandridge and is shaped like a “T” with a north wing. The south front has four white colored pillars rising to a pediment at the roof line. The corners of the building have white colored wood trim. On the center of the roof is a tiered white colored cupola. In the interior, the large courtroom is located on the second story and the small courtroom is located on the first story. The building houses the County Chancery Court of the 4th Judicial District. The architect was Judge Robert Hynes and the contractor was Hickman Brothers Construction. On the north side is the old two story red colored brick jail.


See:  The courthouse is one of six remaining working Antebellum courthouses in Tennessee located in Carter CountyDickson County, Hawkins CountyRutherford County and Williamson County.


County Justice Center – Dandridge  



Location:  765 Justice Center Drive / Epco Drive

Built:  2005 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Barge, Wagonner, Sumner & Cannon Inc. of Knoxville

Contractor:  Blaine Construction Corporation of Knoxville


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the north of the center of Dandridge. The south front has a large concrete portico with four large concrete pillars rising to a wide header with a curved roof section behind. Vertical narrow concrete bands run above the first story windows and along the flat roof line. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the first story. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County General Sessions Court – Civil and Criminal and County Juvenile Court of the 4th Judicial District. 


See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Cocke CountyGrainger County and Sevier County.


History:  The county was created in 1792 and Dandridge was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a brick structure built in 1794. The second and present courthouse is modeled after the Knox County Courthouse in Knoxville. The courthouse was designed by Judge Robert Hynes and the building committee. The building was built with bricks from McQuistion kiln in East Dandridge. The cost of construction was $6,666. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2005 to 2007.



County Courthouse – Dandridge









































County Justice Center – Dandridge

























Photos taken 2012 and 2018