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Barrow County

Barrow County is named for David C Barrow, who was the chancellor of the University of Georgia.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jackson County

E – Clarke County and Oconee County

S – Walton County

W – Gwinnett County


Created:  November 3, 1914                  Map of Georgia highlighting Barrow County

County Seat: 

Winder  1914 – present


Old County Courthouse – Winder 


Location:  30 North Broad Street / West Athens Street

Built:  1920 – 1921

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  James J Baldwin

Contractor:  R W Wimbish


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Winder. The southeast front has a large portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The windows are vertical with panels between the first and second stories. On the center of the roof is a large octagonal white colored dome with clock and lantern at the top with clocks facing in four directions. In the interior there is a cross plan with a central rotunda on the first story, marble wainscoting and wood paneling. Stairs ascend to the second story courtroom now used as the Commissioner’s Meeting Room. There is a high ceiling and a gallery along the rear. On the south side is a rectangular shaped addition constructed in 1989 as the County Courthouse Annex. The architect was Hunt/Eloe/MacKinnon, Inc. and the contractor was Terry Development Corporation. A further addition was constructed in 2012 to 2013. On the west side is the old County Jail built in 1915 and is now a museum.


See: The architect, James J Baldwin also designed courthouses in Atkinson CountyBacon CountyBleckley CountyCandler CountyEvans County, Lee County, Liberty County and Treutlen Countyand in North Carolina in Cherokee County.


County Courthouse – Winder 



Location:  652 Barrow Park Drive

Built:  2007 – 2009

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Rosser International

Contractor:  Turner Construction Company of Atlanta


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds at the northwest corner of Winder,. The northeast front has a projecting center section with large arched window extending to the third story. The east and west corner sections extend from the main building. The roof line is flat. In the interior the large County Superior Court courtroom is located on the third story plus another courtroom and a Hearing Room. On the second story are two courtrooms and a Hearing Room. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 10th Judicial District.


See:  The 10th Judicial District includes Banks CountyBurke CountyClarke CountyColumbia CountyElbert CountyFranklin CountyGlascock CountyHart CountyJackson CountyLincoln CountyMadison CountyMcDuffie CountyNewton CountyOconee County, Oglethorpe CountyRichmond CountyTaliaferro CountyWalton CountyWarren County and Wilkes County.


History:  The county was created in 1914 and Winder was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was constructed in 1920 to 1921 and is still standing. The second courthouse was constructed in 2007 to 2009.


Old County Jail – Winder 



Location:  74 West Athens Street / Woodlawn Avenue

Built:  1915

Style:  Cassel-like

Architect:  James J Baldwin

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Winder on the northwest side of the courthouse. The building now houses the Barrow County Museum.



Old County Courthouse – Winder



















Former courtroom























County Courthouse – Winder









County Superior Court courtroom















Old County Jail – Winder





Photos taken 2013, 2023 and 2024