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Pike County

Pike County is named for Zebulon Pike, who was a western explorer and who was killed during the War of 1812.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Spalding County

E – Lamar County

S – Upson County

W – Meriwether County

 

Created:  December 9, 1822                  Map of Georgia highlighting Pike County

County Seat: 

Old Newnan   1822 – 1825

Zebulon          1825 – present

 

County Courthouse – Zebulon

 

Location:  1600 Barnesville Street / Main Street

Built:  1894 – 1895

Style:  Romanesque Rival and Colonial Revival

Architect:  James Wingfield Golucke and Stewart of Atlanta

Contractor:  Arthur Marshall of Wetumpka, Alabama

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Zebulon. The south front has a central square red colored brick clock tower with arched entrance flanked by double pilasters on the first story, arched window on the second story, two small windows on the third story and cupola at the top with clock and dome roof. On either side of the tower, the roof forms a peak. There are arched windows on the second story. The hipped roof is gabled. In the interior is a large foyer with staircase and halls leading off from the entry in a “Y” plan.  On the second story, the large County Superior Court courtroom has a high ceiling with pressed metal of ornate design and a gallery at the rear with wood stairs on one side. The wooden judge’s bench is simple. On the north side of the courtroom is a small courtroom located in the 2013 addition. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 6th Judicial District. The building was remodeled in 1935 to 1936 under the Works Projects Administration. In 2012 to 2013, the building was renovated and an addition was constructed on the north side. The architect was Carter Watkins Associates Architects of Monroe and the contractor was J W Spratlin & Son of Lincolnton. On the north side of the building is the County Courthouse Annex.

 

See:  The “Y” floor plan is similar to the courthouse in Johnson County which was also designed by James Wingfield Golucke and Stewart of Atlanta.

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Pike County Courthouse

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1822 and Old Newman ( located at Highways 19 and 109 near Meansville ) was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse, a wooden structure was built in Old Newman. In 1825, the county seat was moved to Zebulon and Old Newnan ceased to exist. The second courthouse was a brick structure built on the Public Square in Zebulon. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1894 to 1895 at a cost of $18,200.

 

See:  In the county are an old wood jail at Molena located at 21 Springfield Road and a red colored brick calaboose at Meansville located at 40 Means Street.

 

 

County Courthouse – Zebulon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse addition 2013

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court small courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Wood Jail – Molena

 

 

Old Brick Calaboose – Meansville

 

 

Photos taken 2013, 2023 and 2024