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Murray County

Murray County is named for Thomas W Murray, who was the Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1825.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bradley CountyTennessee and Polk County, Tennessee

E – Fannin County and Gilmer County

S – Gordon County

W – Whitfield County

 

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

County Seat: 

Spring Place  1832 – 1913

Chatsworth    1913 – present

 

County Courthouse – Chatsworth

 

Location:  121 North 3rd Avenue / West Market Street

Built:  1914 – 1916

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Alexander Blair

Contractor:  H J Carr & Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Chatsworth. The south front has a large portico with four columns rising to a wide header at the roof line. Along the header is a balustrade. The front entrance is framed and there are small pediments above the second story corner windows. The center section on the north and south sides are recessed and have framed entrances. A wide cornice run along the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large low octagonal dome. In the interior are wood stairs and wood trim. The County Superior Court courtroom is located at the center of the second story. The courtroom has a gallery along the rear section. The building houses the County Superior Court and County Juvenile Court of the 7th Judicial District. 

 

Note:  The courthouse does not have an elevator or lift.

 

Old County Jail – Chatsworth

 

 

Location:  115 West Fort Street / North 4th Avenue

Built:  1917

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Alexander Blair

Contractor:  H J Carr & Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Chatsworth on the south side of the courthouse. The east front has a one story enclosed porch. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Probate Court and is named as the Wilbanks Building. The building served as the Jail and Sheriff’s Residence. 

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See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Barstow CountyCatoosa CountyChattooga CountyCobb CountyDade CountyDouglas CountyFloyd CountyGordon CountyHaralson CountyPaulding County, Polk CountyWalker County and Whitfield County. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1832 and Spring Place was selected as the county seat. The first court met in the old Moravian Mission building in Spring Place. The first courthouse was built by Henry Steed and financed by James Morris in 1842. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1886.  The county seat was moved to Chatsworth in 1913. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1914 to 1916 at accost of $60,000. The construction of the courthouse took just over two years. During this time, court was held in Chatsworth on the upper floor of the L W Thompson Building on the west side of First Avenue. The Grand Jury, convened in February and August of the year, deliberated at the Bank of Chatsworth Building, and deliberating juries were escorted to the Baptist Church, located on the northeast corner of Cherokee Street and Third Avenue.

 

 

County Courthouse – Chatsworth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail – Chatsworth

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013 and 2023