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Lake County

Lake County is named for Reelfoot Lake, which is a shallow natural lake in the northwest part of Tennessee.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Fulton County, Kentucky

E – Obion County and Dyer County

S – Dyer County

W – Pemiscot County, Missouri and New Madrid County, Missouri


Created:  June 14, 1870                         Map of Tennessee highlighting Lake County

County Seat: 

Tiptonville  1870 – present


County Courthouse – Tiptonville 


Location:  116 South Court Street / Church Street

Built:  1935 – 1936

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  H J McGuire and Company of Memphis

Contractor:  H J McGuire and Company of Memphis


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Tiptonville. The north front has a large porch with four high white colored columns supporting a header at the roof line. The recessed entrance is framed with white colored wood. There are bay-windows on the east and west sides. The roof is sloped. The construction was a remodel of the 1904 courthouse. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 29th Judicial District. Fire damaged the building in 1989. A one story addition was constructed on the south side. The County Court Clerk Office is located across the street on the east side of the building.


See:  The 29th Judicial District includes Dyer County.


History:  The county was created in 1870 and Tiptonville was selected as the county seat. Previously, the county was part of the Obion County. The first court met in the Masonic Hall in Cronanville in 1858. After 1870, the court met in different building until the first courthouse was built in 1904. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1935 to 1936.



County Courthouse – Tiptonville  





























County Court Clerk Office – Tiptonville  



Photos taken 2011 and 2018