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Baldwin County


Baldwin County is named for Abraham Baldwin, who was a United States Senator from Georgia.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Clarke County and Monroe County

E – Escambia County and Escambia County, Florida

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Mobile County


Created:  December 21, 1809                                                    Map of Alabama highlighting Baldwin County

County Seat:

McIntosh Bluff ( Mobile )  1809 – 1819

Blakeley                           1819 – 1868

Daphne                            1868 – 1901

Bay Minette                      1901 – present


County Courthouse – Bay Minette


Location:  312 Courthouse Square / Hand Avenue

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  Federalist

Architect:  Lockwood and Smith – Frank Lockwood

Contractor:  F M Dobson


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story cream colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bay Minette. The south front has a projecting center section with arched roof. The main building is tired. On the roof is a square clock tower with rounded dome. The building houses the County Circuit Cour of the 28th Judicial Circuit and the County District Court and County Probate Court. There have been many alternations to the original building. The building was renovated in 1955. The architect was Martin J Lide and the contractor was C W Hallmark & Sons. The major renovation was made in 1996. The architect was Gatlin Hudson Architects of Daphne and the contractor was Stuart Construction of Bay Minette, and the building was renovated in 2006 by the same architect and contractor.


History:  The county was created in 1809 and McIntosh Bluff was selected as the county seat. In 1819 the county seat was moved to Blakeley and the court met in private homes. The first courthouse was a brick structure built in 1833 at a cost of $2000. The ruins remain in the Historic Blakeley State Park. The county seat to Daphne in 1868 and the second courthouse was built. The county seat was moved to Bay Minette in 1901 and the third and present courthouse was constructed in 1901 to 1902.


Note:  The lowest point in Alabama is the Gulf of Mexico at sea level which is located in the county.



County Courthouse – Bay Minette























Photos taken 2009 and 2020