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Wayne County

Wayne County is named for Anthony Wayne, who was a general in the American Revolutionary War, and who lived from 1745 to 1796.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Decatur CountyPerry County and Lewis County

E – Lawrence County

S – Lauderdale County, Alabama

W – Hardin County


Created:  November 24, 1817                Map of Tennessee highlighting Wayne County

County Seat:  

Old Town Branch  1817 – 1822

Waynesboro         1822 – present


County Courthouse – Waynesboro


Location:  100 Court Circle / Hill Street

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Yearwood and Johnson of Nashville

Contractor:  W C Moore Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story glass and concrete  structure. The building is located on Courthouse Square in the center of Waynesboro. The first story is below ground level and the recessed entrances on the west and east sides are on the second story. There are horizontal windows on the second story. A high clock tower rises on the east side. The roof line is sloped on the north and south sections. In the interior, there is an open entrance hall with staircase. The courtroom is located on the third story. 


County Criminal Justice Center – Waynesboro


Location:  1016 Andrew Jackson Drive / Ralph Horton Drive

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the northwest of the center of Waynesboro. The building sits on a slope with the first story above ground on the north side. The southwest front has a central entrance on the second story with three white colored pillars and wide red colored brick header and recessed entrance. On either side are white colored pillars with windows between. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 22nd Judicial District. 


See:  The 22nd Judicial District includes Giles County Maury County.


History:  The county was created in 1817 and Old Town Branch was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built at Old Town Branch by William Barnett in 1820. In 1822, the county seat was moved to Waynesboro and the second courthouse was built. In 1827, the third courthouse was built at a cost of $800. In 1844, the fourth courthouse was built at a cost of $4,000. In 1904, the fifth courthouse was designed by William Chamberlin and Company and constructed by M T Lewman & Company at a cost of $25,000. This building burned in 1972. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1973 to 1974 at a cost of $900,000.



County Courthouse – Waynesboro

















Picture 1904 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2012