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Perry County

Perry County is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, who was a United States Naval officer.

 

Surroundimng County Courthouses: 

N – Humphreys County

E – Hickman County and Lewis County

S – Wayne County

W – Decatur County

 

Created:  November 14, 1818                Map of Tennessee highlighting Perry County

County Seat:  

Harrisburg   1819 – 1821

Linden         1821 – present

 

County Courthouse – Linden  

 

Location:  121 East Main Street / North Poplar Street

Built:  1927 – 1928

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  C K Colley

Contractor:  Bell Brothers & Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick, stone  and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Linden. The south entrance is framed with stone. There is stone trim along the corners and in vertical bands. A projecting cornice runs below the flat roof line. A stone belt runs above the first story and a cornice runs below the roof line. At the roof is a large crest. In the interior, the building has a cruciform plan with intersection at the lobby on the first story. The second story contains the two story high courtroom which has the original doors and door frames. There is a balcony and original light fixtures. 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. 

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1818 and Harrisburg was selected as the county seat in 1819. In 1821, the county seat was moved to Linden. The first courthouse was a log cabin built in 1845. The second courthouse was a two story wood frame structure built in 1849 to 1850. The building was burned on May 12, 1863 during the Civil War. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1868 at a cost of $9,500. The building burned in 1927 during expansion work and was replaced by the fourth and present courthouse constructed in 1927 to 1928.

 

 

County Courthouse – Linden  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2012