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Greene County

Greene County is named for Nathanael Greene, who was a hero during the American Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oconee County and Oglethorp County

E – Tailaferrio County

S – Hancock County

W – Putnam County and Morgan County 

 

Created:  February 3, 1786                    Map of Georgia highlighting Greene County

County Seat: 

Greensboro  1786 – present

 

County Courthouse – Greensboro 

 

Location:  113 North Main Street / East Green Street

Built:  1848 – 1849

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  David Demarest of Athens and Atharates Atkinson of Madison

Contractor:  David Demarest of Athens and Atharates Atkinson of Madison

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick, wood and stone structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Greensboro. The west front has a large porch with four large white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. In the interior, the County Superior Court courtroom on the second story is reached by dual staircases that are placed immediately inside the front entry. The double doorway leading into the courtroom is pedimented with engaged columns on each side. Two columns stand in the midst of the courtroom giving the room more weight. The cornice has five-pointed stars that encircle the room and at one time they were gilded. The plain bench is paneled and four urn shaped finials top the railing between the litigation and spectator sections. A third story was added and served as a meeting room until 1897 and now houses the small courtroom. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 8th Judicial District. On the north and south sides are small one story additions. The building was remodeled in 1938. The architect was F Arthur Hazard and the contractor was Knox Brothers Lumber Company of Thomson. On the east side is a modern three story addition constructed in 1998. An atrium between the sections rises to the top of the third story and has stairs ascending to the upper levels. On the north side is the old granite stone County Jail built in 1807 and the old red colored brick County Jail and Sheriff Residence built in 1895.

 

Note:  This is the only 1840’s Greek Revival Courthouse remaining in Georgia, and the only one which has a third floor built to be used by the Masonic Lodge. It is still used in the same manner today. It is an excellent example of the Greek Revival style as interpreted by architect/builders of this pre-civil war period.

 

See:  The contractor, David Demaret of Athens also constructed the old courthouse in Splading County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Greene County Courthouse

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1786 and Greensboro was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log structure built after 1786. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1848 to 1849.

 

 

County Courthouse – Greensboro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse Addition – Greensboro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court small courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail – Greensboro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail and Sheriff Residence – Greensboro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013 and 2024