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Trousdale County

Trousdale County is named for William Trousdale, who was a soldier and officer during the Creek War and Mexican-American War, a state senator and Governor of Tennessee.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Macon County

E – Smith County

S – Wilson County

W – Sumner County

Created:  June 21, 1870                         Map of Tennessee highlighting Trousdale County

County Seat: 

Hartsville  1870 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hartsville  

 

Location:  200 East Main Street / River Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  W F Winn of Hartsville

Contractor:  W F Winn of Hartsville

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hartsville. The north front has a porch with balcony on the second story. The building sits on a stone foundation with molded brick courses around the building accentuating the windows. First story windows are rectangular with stone lintels while the second story windows are Romanesque arches. The cornice line is detailed with Italianate brackets and Flemish stepped gables on all four elevations. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with gold colored dome. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County Criminal Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 15th Judicial District. The architect and the contractor was W F Winn of Hartsville. A one story addition was constructed on the south side in 1930. Additions were added on the east and west sides in 1971.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Hartsville Historic District

 

See:  The 15th Judicial District includes Jackson County, Macon County, Smith County and Wilson County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1870 and Hartsville was selected as the county seat. The first court met in the Hartsville Methodist Church. The first courthouse was a wood structure built in 1874. The building burned in 1900 and the second courthouse was built in 1901. The building was destroyed by fire in 1904. The third courthouse was built by Sam Borum in 1904 but the building burned in 1905. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1905 to 1906 on the east side of Court Street opposite its three predecessors.

 

 

 

County Courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2012 and 2014