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Johnson County

Johnson County is named for Thomas Johnson, who was an early settler of Carter County along the Doe River.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Washington County, Virginia

E – Grayson County, Virginia, Ashe County, North Carolina and Watauga County, North Carolina

S – Carter County

W – Carter County and Sullivan County


Created:  January 1, 1836                      Map of Tennessee highlighting Johnson County

County Seat: 

Mountain City  1836 – present


County Courthouse – Mountain City  


Location:  222 West Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1958 – 1959

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Clarence B Kearfott

Contractor:  J E Green Company.


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mountain City. The south front has horizontal; windows on the first and second stories on the east side. The west side of the building is red colored brick. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County Criminal Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 1st Judicial District.  An addition was constructed on the north side in 2007. The architect was Shaw & Shanks Architects of Johnson City and the contractor was C & T Construction Company, Inc. of Johnson City.


See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Carter CountyUnicoi County and Washington County.


History:  The county was created in 1836 and Mountain City was selected as the county seat. The first court met at Pleasant Grove School in 1836. The first courthouse was erected in 1837 in Taylorville ( Mountain City ). The second courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by W Chamberlain and built in 1894. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1958 to 1959.



County Courthouse – Mountain City











Photos taken 2012