Alcorn County

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Alcorn County is named for James L Alcorn, who was a Governor of the State of Mississippi.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hardeman County, Tennessee, McNairy County, Tennessee and Hardin County, Tennessee

E – Tishomingo County

S – Prentiss County

W – Tippah County


Created:  April 15, 1870                                                              Map of Mississippi highlighting Alcorn County

County Seat: 

Corinth  1870 – present


County Courthouse – Corinth 


Location:  600 East Waldron Street / Franklin Street

Built:  1918 – 1919

Style:  NeoClassical

Architect:  Noah Webster Overstreet of Jackson

Contractor:  E G Parish Construction Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Coriinth. The south front façade is hexastyle in antis and has a large porch with six Doric columns on Tuscan shafts rising to a wide header which has six short columns rising to the roof line. An adaptation of a full Classical entablature spans the width of the block beneath the attic windows, with segmental-arched hoods above clock faces at the corners. There are three entrances with large windows above on the second story. There are lower east and west wings. White colored horizontal bands run below the first story windows and above the second story windows. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 1st Judicial District, County Youth Court and County Justice Court. 


See:  The architect, Noah Webster Overstreet of Jackson, also designed courthouses in Bolivar County, Choctaw County, Franklin County, Pontotoc County, Prentiss County, Rankin County, Tippah County and Webster County.


See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Itawamba County, Lee County, Monroe CountyPontotoc CountyPrentiss County and Tishomingo County.


County Chancery Courthouse – Corinth 


Location:  501 East Waldron Street / North Fillmore Street

Built:  1925 – 1926

Style:  Classical

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of the city to the west of the courthouse. The stepped brick parapet with corner cyma blocks is capped with a marble coping and contains a rectangular marble panel with centered shield panel, above a dentil led marble cornice, brick architrave and marble frieze. Monumental brick piers with Doric capitals, brick shafts and marble and granite bases divide window and door bays. A pair of monumental columns with Ionic capitals, Tuscan shafts and Ionic bases flank the central entrance. The building houses the County Chancery Court. The building was formerly the Security Guarantee Bank. 


History:  The county was created in 1870 and Corinth was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was designed by Alfred Zucher and built in 1880. The courthouse burned in 1917. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1918 to 1919.


Jacinto Courthouse  – Jacinto




Location:  3568 County Road 367 / Highway 356

Built:  1852 – 1854

Style:  Federal

Architect:  J J Blythe

Contractor:  J J Blythe


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. There are central doors on the west and east sides. On the center of the roof is a tall octagonal white cupola with green dome. The building served as the Tishomingo County courthouse from 1854 to 1870. The boundary of the county changed and the building is located in Alcorn County. From 1870 to 1908, the building was used as a school housing the Jacinto Hale Academy. From 1908 to 1960, the building was used to house a Methodist Church. The building now houses the Jacinto Foundation and is a regional historical museum.


Note:  By 1852, Tishomingo County needed a new courthouse to replace the one built in 1841. J J Blythe was hired to build the new brick courthouse. The county agreed to pay exactly $6,798. Blythe’s contract stated that the building have outer walls to be 18 inches thick and inner walls to be 13 inches thick,  The dimensions of the building were to be 40 feet by 56 feet with two stories topped by an octagonal shaped belfry.  The bricks were hand-made and hand-hewn. The foundation was made of hand-cut stone. At the completion in 1854, the extra sum of $200 was spend on copper gutters, $25 for a lightening rod and $26.72 for a carpet in the courtroom.


Note:  J J Blythe also built a similar but larger courthouse in Itwamba County in 1852 to 1854.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Jacinto County Courthouse ( Old Tishomingo County Courthouse )




County Courthouse – Corinth











































County Circuit Court courtroom






















Jacinto Courthouse – Jacinto










Photos taken 2012