Adams County

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Adams

Adams County is named for John Adams, who was the second President of the United States.

 

Created:  April 2, 1799

County Seat: 

Natchez  1799 – present

 

County Courthouse – Natchez 

 

Location:  115 South Wall Street / State Street

Built:  1819 – 1820

Style:  Greek Revival and Antebellum

Architect:  William Stietenroth.

Contractor:  Local slave labor

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Natchez and the west front and south side have large porticoes with four high white colored columns rising to a pediment with fanlight at the roof line. There are large courtrooms at the east and west sides of the second story.The building was remodeled in 1925. The architect and contractor was William Stietenroth. An addition was constructed in 1978 on the east side. The architect was Charles Curtis Moroney and the contractor was J A Russ & Sons.

 

Note:  The original courthouse was a two story Federal style structure with cupola. The designer and builder are not known but Peter Little and Thomas Rose were master builders in Natchez. The courthouse is the oldest courthouse still in continuous use in Mississippi. However, the building has been substantially altered from the original structure and the courthouse in Amite County built in 1839 is referred to as the oldest courthouse.

 

See:  Mississippi has five functioning antebellum courthouses located in Amite CountyClaiborne CountyHinds County – Raymond and Monroe County.

 

N – Jefferson County

E – Franklin County

S – Wilkinson County

W – Concordia Parish, Louisiana and Tensas Parish, Louisiana

 

 

 

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County Courthouse – Natchez

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2019