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Thomas County

Thomas County is named for Jett Thomas, who was a hero of the War of 1812 and oversaw the building of the University of Georgia.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Mitchell County and Colquitt County 

E – Brooks County

S – Jefferson County, Florida and Leon County, Florida

W – Grady County

 

Created:  December 25, 1825                Map of Georgia highlighting Thomas County

County Seat: 

Thomasville  1826 – present

 

County Courthouse – Thomasville 

 

Location:  225 North Broad Street / West Jefferson Street

Built:  1856 – 1857

Style:  Greek Revival and Classical Victorian

Architect:  John Wind

Contractor:  H C Bowen and William Bowen

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a is a three story grey colored brick  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds with a fountain in the center of Thomasville. The east front has an arched entrance on the second story with steps ascending on the north and south sides. The center section projects from the main building. There is white colored trim on the corners of the building. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with clock. The former courtroom on the second story is now the Commissioners Chamber.  In 1887, William Miller designed the square including the large fountain. The building was remodeled in 1888 by contractor Eaves & Chase. Further renovations were done in 1909 when the clock was added. In 1918 to 1919 a wing was added by contractor G T Potter. In 1922, one story wings were added to the front of the building by contractor H L Allan. In 1936 to 1937, the Annex was built at the rear of the building. The architect was Prince E Jinright and the contractor was Brenton and Sons. The building was remodeled in 2012 to 2013 by the Thomas County Board of Commissioners.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Thomas County Courthouse

 

 

County Judicial Center – Thomasville 

 

 

Location:  325 North Madison Street / Washington Street

Built:  2007 – 2009

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Lord Aeck Sargent and Elliott Marshall Innes

Contractor:  Culpepper Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The southeast front gas a projecting center section with open porch on the first story. Brick pillars run along the first story. The interior has an atrium with large glass skylight. The courtroom is located on the west side of the second story. The roof line is flat. 

 

See:  The 2nd Judicial District includes Atkinson CountyBaker CountyBerrien CountyBrooks County. Calhoun CountyClay CountyClinch CountyColquitt CountyCook CountyDecatur CountyDougherty CountyEarly County, Echols CountyGrady CountyIrwin CountyLanier County, Lowndes County, Miller CountyMitchell County, Quitman CountyRandolph CountySeminole CountyTerrell CountyTift CountyTurner County and Worth County 

 

History:  The county was created in 1856 and Thomasville was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of Charles Kingsley. The first courthouse was a log cabin built in Thomasville in 1827. The second courthouse was a brick structure built by Samuel Austin in 1849. In 1853, the courthouse was damaged in a storm and had to be replaced. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1856 to 1857 at a cost of $14,999.

 

 

County Courthouse – Thomasville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Judicial Center – Thomasville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2018