Wayne County

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Wayne

Wayne County is named for Anthony Wayne, who was a general in the American Revolutionary War, and who lived from 1745 to 1796.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Clay County and Richland County

E – Edwards County

S – White County and Hamilton County

W – Jefferson County and Marion County 

 

Created:  March 26, 1819                                                           Map of Illinois highlighting Wayne County

County Seat:

Fairfield  1819 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fairfield

 

Location:  301 East Main Street / South 3rd Street

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:  Romanesque and Second Empire

Architect:  J W Gaddis of Vincennes

Contractor:  Bippus & Kansler of Evansville, Indiana and Felix and McMackin of Fairfield

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored Boston brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Fairfield. At the south front is a four story clock tower rising from the entrance. One story wings go east and west across the front. The main building is recessed with steep roof. The south front addition was added in 1955 and an addition was added on the north side in 1957. An addition was constructed in 1997.

 

History:  The county seat was designated at Fairfield in 1819 and the first courthouse was a log structure erected on the public square. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1836. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1891 to 1892 at a cost of $24,700.

 

 

 

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County Courthouse – Fairfield

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2012