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Evans County

Evans County is named for Clement Anseim Evans, who was a judge, minister, state senator and a United States Army officer wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Candler County and Bulloch County

E – Bulloch County and Bryan County

S – Liberty County and Tattnall County

W – Tattnall County

 

Created:  August 11, 1914                      Map of Georgia highlighting Evans County

County Seat: 

Claxton  1914 – present

 

County Courthouse – Claxton 

 

Location:  123 West Main Street / North Grady Street

Built:  1922 – 1923

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  James J Baldwin

Contractor:  West Point Iron Works

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Claxton. There is a large portico on the front side with four large white colored columns supporting the pediment. There are white colored panels between the windows on the first and second stories. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with clock. In the interior, the County Superior Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Superior Court and Magistrate Court of the 1st Judicial District.

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Evans County Courthouse

 

County Courthouse Annex – Claxton 

 

 

Location:  3 Freeman Street / North Grady Street

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Edwin C Eckles

Contractor:  Adams Building Construction, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the north side of the courthouse in the center of Claxton. The courtroom is located at the center of the building. The south front has a central entrance with portico having four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The roof line is flat with a hipped roof across the center section. 

 

See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Appling CountyBacon County, Brantley CountyBulloch CountyBryan CountyCamden CountyCharlton CountyChatham CountyCoffee CountyEffingham CountyGlynn CountyJeff Davis CountyJenkins CountyLiberty County, Long CountyMcIntosh CountyPierce CountyScreven CountyTattnall CountyWare County and Wayne County.

 

Old County Courthouse – Claxton 

 

 

Location:  15 East Railway Street / South Duval Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Commercial

Architect:  Mr. R King White.

Contractor:  Mr. R King White.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Claxton. The north front has a glass front on the first story framed by white colored trim. The roof lone is flat. The edifice was built by  The building served as the first courthouse from 1922 to 1923.

 

History:  The county was created in 1914 and Claxton was selected as the county seat. The first building used as a courthouse was the White Building, a three-story edifice built by R King White at 15 East Railway Street and later bought by Mrs. Ben Daniel. Mrs. Daniel’s husband, Dr. Ben Daniel, used the building as his office. This building which stands on the south side of Railway Avenue, was used until 1923, when the current courthouse was completed at a cost of $60,000. The County Courthouse Annex was constructed in 1974 to 1975.

 

 

County Courthouse – Claxton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse Annex – Claxton

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Commissioners Meeting Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Claxton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008, 2018 and 2020