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Telfair County

Telfair County is named for Edward Telfair, who was a Governor of Georgia and a congressman.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Dodge County and Wheeler County

E – Wheeler County and Jeff Davis County

S – Coffee County and Ben Hill County 

W – Wilcox County and Dodge County

 

Created:  December 10, 1807                Map of Georgia highlighting Telfair County

County Seat: 

Jacksonville  1807 – 1871

McRae          1871 – present

 

County Courthouse – McRae

 

Location:  19 East Oak Street / Telfair Avenue

Built:  1934 – 1935

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  Dennis & Dennis of Macon

Contractor:  A E Aittner of Albany

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff-red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of McRae. The south front has a projecting center section with three arches on the first story and three arched windows divided by vertical pilasters on the section story and rising to a pediment at the roof line. A horizontal band runs below the flat roof line. In the interior, the layout is a cross plan with hallways radiating from the center of the building to each entrance. The first story contains county office space. There are two staircases in the front part of the building and a single staircase in the northeastern or rear portion of the hallway. There are arched passageways, terrazzo flooring, wooden chair rails, steam radiators, original hardware and fixtures, and plaster ceilings. The vault on the first story retains its classical-detailed, iron surround with pilasters. There have been some minor changes to some of the offices, such as the addition of wood paneled wainscotting to a room on the second story. The County Superior Court courtroom is on the second floor. The courtroom has two double-door entrances, carpeted floors, and three sections of public seating. Its classical detailing includes pilasters along the walls, plaster ceilings with wood cross beams, a pedimented judge’s bench, and wood door surrounds. The only changes to the courtroom have been the addition of lighting and the closing off of the balcony. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and Magistrate Court of the 8th Judicial District. On the west side is the Old County Jail built in 1902.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Telfair County Courthouse

 

See:  The 8th Judicial District includes Baldwin CountyBen Hill CountyBleckley CountyCandler CountyCrisp CountyDodge CountyDooly CountyEmanuel CountyGreene CountyHancock CountyJasper CountyJefferson CountyJohnson CountyJones CountyLaurens CountyMontgomery CountyMorgan CountyPulaski CountyPutnam CountyToombs CountyTreutlen CountyTwiggs CountyWashington CountyWheeler CountyWilcox County and Wilkinson County 

 

History:  The county was created in 1807 and Jacksonville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in Jacksonville in 1816 to 1820. The second courthouse was a wood structure built in 1860. In 1871, the county seat was moved to McRae and the third courthouse, a two story brick structure, was erected in 1872 to 1873. The fourth courthouse was designed by and constructed by Alexander Blair of Macon and constructed by J H McKenzie’s Sons of Augusta in 1905. The building burned and the fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1934 to 1935.

 

 

County Courthouse – McRae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plaque 1905 County Courthouse

 

 

Old County Jail – McRae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013 and 2024