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Stephens County

Stephens County is named for Alexander Stephens, who was a United States Representative, the Vice President of the Confederate States of America and the fifty-third governor of Georgia.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oconee County, South Carolina 

E – Oconee County, South Carolina 

S – Franklin County and Banks County

W – Habersham County

 

Created:  August 18, 1905                     Map of Georgia highlighting Stephens County

County Seat: 

Toccoa  1905 – present

 

County Courthouse – Toccoa 

 

Location:  150 West Doyle Street / North Alexander Street

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  H L Lewman

Contractor:  Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building sits on a rise on landscaped grounds in the center of Toccoa.  The south front has a large portico with four large white colored columns rising to a pediment. At the center is an octagonal ribbed dome with hooded clocks. And a lantern. The east and west wings extend from the main building. In the interior there are wood stais and title floor. The large courtroom occupies the second story. The courtroom has an elaborate pressed metal ceiling. Colored glass squares of soft shades of green, yellow and pink in the transoms of the windows give a mute glow. The courtroom is now the Commissioners Room. The building was remodeled in 2007 and 2008 and will be used as county offices.

 

See:   The architect, H C Lewman also designed and his company, Falls City Construction Company, built the courthouse in Irwin County. The cornerstone of each courthouse shows only Falls City Construction Company.

 

See:  The contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Stephens County Courthouse

 

County Government Building – Toccoa 

 

 

Location:  205 North Alexander Avenue / West Tugalo Street

Built:  1950

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Toccoa. The building has a high portico supported by four square white colored pillars rising to a pediment at the roof line. A wide white colored horizontal band runs between the second and third stories. The north entrance is on the second story and the courtroom is located on the west side of the second story. The building is the Stephens County Government Building and was originally constructed as the Burrell Chevy Dealership. The County acquired the building and it was reconstructed in 2000 to 2001. The contractor was  Bowen & Watson, Inc. of Toccoa. The building houses the County Superior Court, County State Court, County Juvenile Court and County Probate Court of the 9th Judicial Administrative District.

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1905 and Toccoa was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was constructed in 1908 to 1909 and is still standing. The second and present courthouse and Government Center was constructed in 1950 and was  converted to a courthouse annex in 2000 to 2001.

 

 

County Courthouse – Toccoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Government Building – Toccoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008, 2013 and 2020