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Meriwether County

Meriwether County is named for David Meriwether, who was a congressman from Georgia.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Coweta County

E – Spalding CountyPike County and Upson County

S – Talbot County and Harris County

W – Troup County

 

Created:  December 14, 1827                Map of Georgia highlighting Meriwether County

County Seat: 

Greenville  1827 – present

 

County Courthouse – Greenville 

 

Location:  100 Court Square / La Grange Highway

Built:  1902 – 1905

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  James Wingfield Golucke & Company of Atlanta

Contractor:  W W McAfee.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Greenville. The building has 16 fluted Corinthian columns of solid limestone with porticoes on each side. There is white colored stone trim at the corners and a stone base. On the center of the flat roof is a white colored octagonal dome with black colored roof, clock and a French bell weighing one-half ton. At the top is a lantern and a statue of the female muse Justice holding her scales aloft. In the interior, the old courtroom is located at the center of the third story. The County Superior Court courtroom is located at the center of the second story. On the first story is the small County Magistrate Court courtroom. The courthouse houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 6th Judicial District. The architect was James Wingfield Golucke & Company of Atlanta and contractor was W W McAfee. The building was almost destroyed by fire in 1976. It was reconstructed from 1977 to 1980. The architect was Biggers, Scarbrough, Neal, Crisp & Clark of Columbus and the contractor was Williams Construction Company of Columbus. To the north is the County Offices Building and to the northeast is the Old County Jail an Italianate style structure built in 1896.

 

Note:  On January 27, 1976, fire gutted the courthouse, destroying everything inside the walls. County officials were faced with a decision: either build a new courthouse or try to reconstruct the old one. They decided to do both. By repairing and replicating the historic exterior architectural features and constructing an essentially new building within the old walls, they created a workable blend of old and new. Ceiling heights were reduced from the original dimensions and a basement was dug using miniature bulldozers. This created enough vertical space for three floors and a basement within the walls of a building that originally had only two floors. Although the rotunda was eliminated, the domed clock tower was reconstructed.

 

See:  The architect, James Wingfield Golucke of Atlanta designed many courthouses and jails in Georgia.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Meriwether County Courthouse.

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1827 and Greenville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1832. The building was damaged by a tornado in 1893. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1902 to 1904 and reconstructed in 1977 to 1980.

 

 

County Courthouse – Greenville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Magistrate Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Offices Building – Greenville

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail – Greenville

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010 and 2024