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Heard County

Heard County is named for Stephen Heard, who was a hero of the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Carroll County

E – Coweta County

S – Troup County

W – Randolph County, Alabama 


Created:  December 22, 1830                Map of Georgia highlighting Heard County

County Seat: 

Franklin  1830 – present


County Courthouse – Franklin 


Location:  215 East Court Street / River Street North

Built:  1963 – 1964

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Tomberlin-Sheetz Architects Inc.

Contractor:  Traylor Construction Company, Inc.


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Franklin. The west front on the second story has arched windows along the street. A walkway runs around the building with the first story located down the hill to the east. On the flat roof is a square raised section with flat roof. In the interior 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 County Magistrate Court of the 6th Judicial District. To the north west is the two story red colored brick Old County Jail facing onto the Court Square.


See:  The 6th Judicial District includes Butts County, Carroll CountyClayton County, Coweta CountyFayette CountyHenry CountyLamar CountyMeriwether CountyMonroe CountyPike County, Spalding CountyTroup County and Upson County.


History:  The county was created in 1830 and Franklin was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built after 1830 and burned in 1893. The second courthouse was designed by Bruce & Morgan and constructed by Waggoner & Gareflo in 1894. The third courthouse was constructed in 1963 to 1964.



County Courthouse – Franklin











County Superior Court courtroom















Old County Jail – Franklin





Photos taken 2010 and 2020