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Taliaferro County

Taliaferro County is named for Benjamin Taliaferro, who was an officer in the American Revolutionary War and a United States Representative from Georgia ( pronounced “Toliver” ).

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oglethorpe County and Wilkes County

E – Wilkes County

S – Warren County and Hancock County

W – Greene County

 

Created:  December 24, 1825                Map of Georgia highlighting Taliaferro County

County Seat: 

Crawfordville  1826 – present

 

County Courthouse – Crawfordville 

 

Location:  113 Monument Street / Broad Street

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  High Victoria

Architect:  Lewis F Goodrich of Augusta

Contractor:  J H McKenzie & Son

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete  structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Crawfordville. The building sits on a basement and has a large square clock tower on the southeast corner rising to a white colored octagonal cupola with clock and silver colored roof. There are small brick pillar supported porches on the south and east sides. Small square towers are on the other building corners. In the interior, a wide hallway runs east-west. Wood stairs ascended to the former large courtroom located at the center. There is a galley along the rear. The court now meets in the County Courthouse Annex. Across the street on the south side is the County Courthouse Annex. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 10th Judicial District.

 

Note:  The clock would ring every hour on the hour for many years until it stopped working. In 2009, local Historical Society across from the post office, began raising funds to repair the Courthouse clock. The organization raised enough funds and the clock was repaired in 2011. It can be heard ringing every hour once again.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Taliaferro County Courthouse

 

County Courthouse Annex – Crawfordville 

 

 

Location:  104 Broad Street / Monument Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Commercial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Crawfordville to the south of the courthouse. The building is a former grocery store and was converted to house the courtroom in 2011. The entrance with glass doors, is located at the northeast corner. A canopy runs along the north side supported by thin pillars. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the large County Superior Court courtroom runs along the south side.  The court offices are located in the courthouse.

 

See:  The 10th Judicial District includes Banks CountyBarrow County, Burke CountyClarke CountyColumbia CountyElbert CountyFranklin CountyGlascock CountyHart CountyJackson CountyLincoln CountyMadison CountyMcDuffie CountyNewton CountyOconee County, Oglethorpe CountyRichmond CountyWalton CountyWarren County and Wilkes County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1825 and Crawfordville was selected as the county seat in 1826. The first courthouse was designed and built by James Carlton in 1828. The courthouse was demolished and the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1901 to 1902 at a cost of $19,600

 

 

County Courthouse – Crawfordville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courthouse in 2008

 

 

Former courtroom in 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse Annex – Crawfordville

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008 and 2024