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Lewis County

Lewis County is named for Meriwether Lewis, who was an explorer who traveled along the Missouri River.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hickman County

E – Maury County

S – Lawrence County and Wayne County

W – Wayne County and Perry County

 

Created:  December 21, 1843                Map of Tennessee highlighting Lewis County

County Seat:  

Gordon         1843 – 1848

Newburg       1848 – 1897

Hohenwald    1897 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hohenwald  

 

Location:  110 North Park Street / Linden Avenue

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Hart and Russell of Nashville

Contractor:  Chrichlow-Yearwood Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hohenwald. The center section of the building rises higher than the north and south sections. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the first story has a lobby with a staircase which is a divided flight design leading up to a landing.  The staircase consists of a metal balustrade and concrete treads and risers.  The ten foot ceilings are trimmed with three stepped crown molding. The courtroom is located on the second story and is a large rectangular space. The original judge’s bench is located along the south wall. The walls are topped with crown molding. On the north side is a small courtroom. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County Criminal Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 21st Judicial District. The third story contains three original jail cells. The building was a Federal Emergency Administration project. 

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lewis County Courthouse

 

See:  The 21st Judicial District includes Lewis CountyPerry County and Williamson County. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1843 and Gordon was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1843 in Gordon. The county seat was moved to Newburg in 1848 and the second courthouse was built in 1857. In 1897, the county seat was moved to Hohenwald and the third courthouse was built. In 1927 the building was demolished and the court moved to an old school building located on the current site of the courthouse and served as the fourth courthouse. In 1937 the old school building was razed and construction began in 1938 to 1939 on the current and fifth courthouse at a cost of $84,501.

 

 

County Courthouse – Hohenwald  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2012 and 2018