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Warren County

Warren County is named for Joseph Warren, who was an officer during the American Revolutionary War and who sent Paul Revere on his famous midnight ride.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – DeKalb County and White County

E – Van Buren County

S – Sequatchie County and Grundy County

W – Coffee County and Cannon County

 

Created:  November 26, 1807                Map of Tennessee highlighting Warren County

County Seat: 

McMinnville  1807 – present

 

County Courthouse – McMinnville  

 

Location:  111 South Court Square / Morford Street

Built:  1897 – 1898

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Rueben Harrison Hunt of Chattanooga

Contractor:  B M Nelson

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Court Square in the center of McMinnville. The south front has an arched entrance. The southwest corner has a high square tower with steep roof. The southeast corner has a lower square tower with steep roof. The northeast corner has an octagonal tower with steep roof. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the courtrooms are located on the east and west sides of the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 31st Judicial District. An addition was built in 1954 and a further addition was constructed on the west side in 1978.

 

See:  Ruben Harrison Hunt of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the architect, also designed courthouses in Alabama in Talladega Countyin Georgia in Elbert County. in Mississippi in Chickasaw CountyLawrence County and Leflore County and in Tennessee in Hamilton CountyHenry County and Polk County .

 

See:  The 31st Judicial District includes Van Buren County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1807 and McMinnville was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of Joseph Westmoreland and at a log courthouse built in 1807. The second courthouse was built in 1811 and the third courthouse was built in 1858. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1897 to 1898.

 

County Administrative Offices – McMinnville

 

 

Location:  201 Locust Street / Center Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story gray colored stuccoed  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the  center of McMinnville to the north of the courthouse. The building is a “U” shape with a north wing and wings extending south on the east and west side. The north front has a large portico supported by two pillars and extending from the main building. Which rises to a peak above the entrance. The windows are horizontal. The roof line is flat. The building was renovated in 1998 to house the county administration. 

 

 

County Courthouse – McMinnville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornerstone 1897 County Courthouse

 

 

Foundation Stone 1807 County Courthouse

 

 

Foundation Stone 1811 County Courthouse

 

 

Foundation Stone 1858 County Courthouse

 

 

County Administrative Offices – McMinnville

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2012 and 2018