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Gilmer County

Gilmer County is named for George R Gilmer, who was a Governor of Georgia, state legislator and a United States congressman.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Fannin County

E – Fannin County and Lumpkin County

S – Dawson County and Pickens County

W – Gordon County and Murray County


Created:  December 3, 1832                  Map of Georgia highlighting Gilmer County

County Seat: 

Ellijay  1832 – present


County Courthouse – Ellijay 


Location:  1 Broad Street / South Dalton Street

Built:  2007 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  JKH Architects of Dalton

Contractor:  The Winter Companies of Atlanta


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Ellijay. The section of the building on the north side replicates the old 1898 courthouse that was torn down. There are porticos on the east and north sides with four columns rising to pediments at the roof line. The roof line is flat. On the southwest side of the building is a large square three story tower with large windows and the main entrance on the first story. This section has large arched windows. In the interior, the entrance lobby rises two stories. On the second story are three large County Superior Court courtroom and one small courtroom.  The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 9th Judicial District. 


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


History:  The county was created in 1832 and Ellijay was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1854. In 1934, the county purchased the Hyatt Hotel which had been constructed in 1898 for use as the second courthouse. The building was torn down in 2008 and replaced by the third and present courthouse being a similar styled but modern building.



County Courthouse – Ellijay





























County Superior Court courtroom





County Superior Court courtroom











Photos taken 2013 and 2023