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Pickens County

Pickens County is named for Andrew Pickens, who was a general during the American Revolutionary War and who led a campaign against the Cherokee Indians.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Gilmer County

E – Dawson County

S – Cherokee County

W – Gordon County


Created:  December 5, 1853                  Map of Georgia highlighting Pickens County

County Seat: 

Jasper  1853 – present


County Courthouse – Jasper 


Location:  50 North Main Street / Depot Street

Built:  1949 – 1950

Style:  Stripped Classical

Architect:  Richard Nash and Eugene Bothwell of Bothwell and Nash

Contractor:  Building Committee using convict labor


Description:  The building faces west and is a four story red colored brick, steel, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Jasper and descends eastwards down a slope with the first story at ground level. The building is clad with locally quarried marble. The west front has a projecting concrete section on the northwest side with entrance onto the third story. Located at the southwest corner is the original building. The roof line is flat. In the Interior are terrazzo floors, wainscoting, and ornamental staircases. The third story contains county offices and two vaults connected by perpendicular hallways. The fourth story contains courtrooms, jury room, and offices for the judge and judicial staff members. There are five County Superior Court courtrooms in the building. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 9th Judicial District. The building was renovated in 2012 to 2013 and a large addition added on the east side. The architect was JKH Architects of Dalton and the contractor was New South Construction of Atlanta. To the north at 141 North Main Street is the old stone County Jail built in 1906.


Note:  In 1949, the construction of the courthouse was completed by convict labor under the supervision of the Building Committee: Alonzo Cagle, Homer Chastain, T A Chastain, Carl Darnel, Will Evans, W A Hamrick, T E Johnson, O L Mullins, Will Poole, E L Sartor, Y T Tarple, L E Tate, Brady Turner and Paul Walker.


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


History:  The county was created in 1853 and Jasper was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1859. The second courthouse was designed by Bruce & Morgan and constructed in 1888. The building burned in 1947. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1949 to 1950.


Old County Sheriff Residence and Jail – Jasper 



Location:  141 North Main Street / D B Carrol Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  J W Goluke and Company

Contractor:  William L Landrum and Son


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story white colored marble, wood and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Jasper to the north of the courthouse. The east front has a wide porch on the first story supported by stone pillars. Two stone turrets rise on either side of center. The roof is hipped. The steel work was installed by the Pauly Jail Company of St Louis, Missouri.


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


Note:  Luthor Cartwright, of the Pauly Jail Company who while here married and, eventually settled in Jasper. He later supervised construction of the pink marble mansion in Tate. The work on the front of the jail was done by Lee W Prather, a local stone worker, using marble from the Delaware Quarry at nearby Marble Hill. The jail still has a gallows (non-functioning) on the second story although no one was ever executed on this device. The most regular residents of the jail were the sheriffs and their families.


County Government Center – Jasper 



Location:  1266 East Church Street / Samaritan Drive

Built:  1966 – 1967

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Laurence W Dabney & Associates

Contractor:  Mann & Massee, Inc.


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the southeast of the center of Jasper. The building was constructed as the Pickens County Hospital and sold to the county in 2006.



County Courthouse – Jasper

























County Superior Court courtroom











County Superior Court courtroom













Construction of the Addition 2013 



County Government Center – Jasper





Old County Sheriff Residence and Jail – Jasper











Photos taken 2013, 2014 and 2024