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Clarke County


Clarke County is named for John Clarke, who was a Governor of the State of Georgia.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Marengo County

E – Wilcox County and Monroe County

S – Monroe County and Baldwin County

W – Washington County and Choctaw County


Created:  December 10, 1812                                                    Map of Alabama highlighting Clarke County

County Seat:

Grove Hill  1812 – present


County Courthouse – Grove Hill


Location:  114 Court Street / Clark Street

Built:  1955 – 1956

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:   Charles H McCauley

Contractor:   S J Curry & Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Grove Hill. The east front has a portico supported by four columns rising to a pediment at the top of the second story. The central section behind the portico is gray concrete with a hipped roof. Two wide horizontal concrete bands run above the vertical windows which are narrow. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 1st Judicial Circuit and the County District Court and County Probate Court. On the north side is the red colored brick Courthouse Annex constructed in 1911 by Stratton Brothers & Ward. On the south side is the Courthouse Annex constructed in 1940 which projects on the east front. In 2007, a further addition was constructed on the north side of the 1911 Annex. The architect was PH&J Architects, Inc. of Montgomery and the contractor was J C Duke & Associates.


See:  The 1st Judicial Circuit includes Choctaw County and Washington County.


History:  The county was created in 1812. In 1820, Clarksville was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Grove Hill in 1831 and the first courthouse, a one story frame structure was built. The second courthouse was designed and constructed by F B Hull and W S Hull in 1889. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1955 and 1956.



County Courthouse – Grove Hill

























Photos taken 2009 and 2020