"Henderson County Courthouse" Athens Things to Do Tip by keeweechic

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This unusually angled courthouse was built in 1913 and was the 3rd courthouse to be built here. Boy Scouts planted the trees surrounding the building. The first courthouse which was built in 1850, cost the small county only fifty dollars. At that time the population of Henderson County was comprised of 1,155 white persons, 81 slaves, and 1 free black person. In 1855 the courthouse was sold and the proceeds were given to W. B. Stirman to build a jail.

The second county courthouse was a wooden weather-board, a two-story, structure which had four brick chimneys. It was finished in 1860 and sat in the center of the square. Unfortunately 1885 it burned down killing the original red oak trees under which the first court met.

Address: Courthouse Square, Athens

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  • Written Jan 29, 2004
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