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Fannin County

Fannin County is named for James Fannin, who was a Georgian who fought in the War for Texas Independence and was killed at Goliad.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Polk CountyTennessee and Cherokee County, North Carolina

E – Union County

S – Lumpkin County and Gilmer County

W – Murray County


Created:  January 21, 1854                    Map of Georgia highlighting Fannin County

County Seat: 

Morgantown  1854 – 1895

Blue Ridge    1895 – present


County Courthouse – Blue Ridge


Location:  400 West Main Street / Church Street

Built:  2001 – 2004

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Jennings-King Architects of Dalton

Contractor:  Manhattan – The Flagler Company of Atlanta


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a three story buff and dark red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Blue Ridge. The southeast front has a large portico with four columns rising to a flat roof. The entrance is glass with a glass panel wall. Above is a peaked section with circular opening above the flat roof line. The first story is dark red colored brick on the north and south sections. In the interior, the hallways run north-south. The entrance lobby rises three stories with a glass outer wall on the southeast side. There are five courtrooms located on the second and third stories with the large County Superior Court courtroom located on the northwest side of the third story. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 9th Judicial District. 


Old County Courthouse – Blue Ridge



Location:  420 West Main Street / Summit Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect: Edwards, Sayward & Robert B Logan Associates

Contractor:  Beers-Collins Company


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of a hill in the center of Blue Ridge to the south of the courthouse. The front has a large portico with four high columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. Behind the portico the walls are colored white. The “T” shaped building extends northwest with a one story addition constructed in 1976 on the northeast side. In the interior the first story has plaster walls and ceiling, terrazzo flooring and original fixtures in the foyer and main hall. The main staircase has several marble steps and a wrought iron balustrade. On the second story, the former courtroom has a marble door surround and leaded glass transoms. The large courtroom is 60 feet deep by 51 feet wide with a 25 foot high ceiling. The building is now The Georgia Mountain Center for the Arts. The northwest side is a one story building constructed in 1972 to house the Sheriff Department and Jail. The architect was Bobby J Toles Architect Inc. and the contractor was Haren Construction Company


See:  The architect William A Edwards of Edwards, Sayward & Robert B Logan Associates also designed the courthouse in Tift County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Fannin County Courthouse


See:  The 9th Judicial District includes Cherokee County, Dawson CountyForsyth CountyGilmer CountyGwinnett CountyHabersham CountyHall CountyLumpkin CountyPickens CountyRabun CountyStephens CountyTowns CountyUnion County and White County.


History:  The county was created in 1854 and Morgantown was selected as the county seat. The first court met at Joab Addington’s Store in Morgantown and the first courthouse, a two story wood structure, was built in 1855 in Morgantown. In 1895, the county seat was moved to Blue Ridge where the second courthouse, a two story brick structure was designed by J W Golucke and built by W W Mcfee in 1895 to 1896 at a cost of #14,000. The building burned on July 3, 1936. The third courthouse was constructed in 1936 to 1937 at a cost of $50,000 and is still standing. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 2001 to 2004.



County Courthouse – Blue Ridge













County Superior Court courtroom







County Superior Court courtroom











Old County Courthouse – Blue Ridge











Former courtroom





Photos taken 2013 and 2023