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Unicoi County

Unicoi County is named for the Native American word for the southern Appalachian Mountains, which means “white or fog-draped”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Washington County and Carter County

E – Carter CountyMitchell County, North Carolina and Yancey County, North Carolina

S – Madison County, North Carolina

W – Greene County and Washington County


Created:  March 23, 1875                       Map of Tennessee highlighting Unicoi County

County Seat: 

Erwin  1875 – present


County Courthouse – Erwin  


Location:  100 North Main Avenue / Gay Street

Built:  1974 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hart-Freeland-Roberts, Inc. of Nashville and Jackson

Contractor:  J I Cornett Construction Company of Elizabethton.


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Erwin. The northwest front has a concrete porch with seven concrete pillars. A wide concrete band runs along the flat roof line. 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. On the northeast side is the two story red colored brick Courthouse Annex.


See:  The architect, Hart-Freeland-Roberts, Inc. of Nashville and Jackson, designed courthouses in Benton County, Henderson County and Lawrence County.


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


History:  The county was created in 1875 and Erwin was selected as the county seat. The first court met in the Old North Indian Creek Baptist Church in 1876. The church was a log structure built in 1822 at Tucker Street and Church Street in Erwin. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure erected in 1876 to 1878. The second courthouse was constructed in 1915. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1974 to 1976.



County Courthouse – Erwin















County Courthouse Annex – Erwin



Photos taken 2012 and 2014