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Dooly County

Dooly County is named for John Dooly, who was a commander at the Battle of Kettle Creek in 1779.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Macon County and Houston County

E – Pulaski County and Wilcox County 

S – Crisp County

W – Sumter County


Created:  May 15, 1821                          Map of Georgia highlighting Dooly County

County Seat: 

Berrien ( Vienna )  1826 – 1836

Drayton                  1836 – 1841

Vienna                   1841 – present


County Courthouse – Vienna


Location:  104 South 2nd Street / West Union Street

Built:  1890 – 1892

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  William H Parkings

Contractor:  J P Heard


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Vienna. The building has Georgia granite trim. The facade has a center entrance porch capped by a plain third story gable, a truncated tower which has an ornamental, granite-banded turret, and a corner rectangular clock tower. The clock tower rises in four stages and culminates in a modified crennelation. The one story porch has four brick pillars and recessed entrance. Above the porch are large arched windows on three sides. Above, the wall rises to a peak at the roof line. On the southeast corner is a large square red colored brick clock tower. On the north side of the front is a lower tower with high narrow turret rising above the roof line. The roof is gabled. In the interior the original spaces have been altered. The County Superior Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and Magistrate Court of the 8th Judicial District. The building was renovated in 1963. The build was further renovated in 1987 to 1988. The architect was Lee Meyer and labor was provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections.


See:  The 8th Judicial District includes Baldwin CountyBen Hill CountyBleckley CountyCandler CountyCrisp CountyDodge CountyEmanuel CountyGreene CountyHancock CountyJasper CountyJefferson CountyJohnson CountyJones CountyLaurens CountyMontgomery CountyMorgan CountyPulaski CountyPutnam CountyTelfair CountyToombs CountyTreutlen CountyTwiggs CountyWashington CountyWheeler CountyWilcox County and Wilkinson County 


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Dooly County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1821 and Berrien was selected as the county seat in 1824. The first court met at the home of Isaac Jones. In 1823, the home of John Goldsmith became the temporary courthouse. In 1836 the county seat was moved to Drayton. The first courthouse was a wood structure built in Drayton in 1836. In 1841, the county seat was moved to Berrien ( renamed Vienna ). The second courthouse was built but burned in 1847. The third courthouse was built in 1849. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1890 and 1892 at a cost of $25,000.



County Courthouse – Vienna

















County Superior Court courtroom







Photos taken 2013 and 2018