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Ware County

Ware County is named for Nicholas Ware, who a United States Senator.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Coffee County and Bacon County

E – Pierce CountyBrantley County and Charton County

S – Baker County, Florida

W – Clinch CountyAtkinson County and Coffee County


Created:  December 15, 1824                Map of Georgia highlighting Ware County

County Seat: 

Waresborough  1824 – 1873

Waycross          1873 – present


County Courthouse – Waycross


Location:  800 Church Street / Albany Highway

Built:  1956 – 1957

Style:  Modern with elements of Stripped Classical

Architect:  William J J Chase & Associates

Contractor:  Robert L Pittman and Paul H Kesling


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story white colored Georgia marble and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Waycross. The building is “U” shaped and the east front has a large section at the north side which is the main entrance. Vertical dividers divide the vertical windows. On the south side the building is lower and horizontal windows. The large courtroom is located on the north side of the first story and has dark marble walls.


See:  The architect, William J J Chase also designed courthouses in Carroll CountyCoffee County, Cook CountyMitchell CountyOconee CountyPolk CountyRockdale CountySeminole County and Troup County.


See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Appling CountyBacon County, Brantley CountyBulloch CountyBryan CountyCamden CountyCharlton CountyChatham CountyCoffee CountyEffingham CountyEvans CountyGlynn CountyJeff Davis County, Jenkins CountyLiberty County, Long CountyMcIntosh CountyPierce CountyScreven CountyTattnall County and Wayne County.


History:  The first courthouse was a log structure in Waresborough in 1825. The second courthouse was built soon after 1825. The county seat was moved to Waycross in 1873 and a small wood structure was built as the third courthouse but burned. The second courthouse was taken apart and constructed in Waycross as the fourth courthouse. In 1891, the fifth courthouse, a two story brick structure, was built.  The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1956 to 1957.


County Administration Building – Waycross



Location:  305 Oak Street / Grove Street

Built:  2017 – 2019

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Studio 3 Design Group

Contractor:  R H Tyson Construction Inc.


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure.The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Waycross on the north side of the courthouse. The central entrance on the north fromt has a one story portico. The windows are horizontal. A white colored concrete band runs below the flat roof line. 


Old County Courthouse Annex – Waycross



Location:  299 State Street / Oak Street

Built:  1931 – 1932

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faced north and was a three story red colored brick and concrete structure.  The building was located on landscaped grounds in the center of Waycross. The roof line was flat. The building was formerly the old Ware County Hospital. The building was located on the north side of the courthouse and was torn down when the new Courthouse Annex was constructed..



County Courthouse – Waycross















County Superior Court courtroom





















Picture 1891 County Courthouse





County Administration Building – Waycross









Old County Courthouse Annex ( demolished ) – Waycross



Photos taken 2009 and 2020