Covington County

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Covington County is named for Leonard Wailes Covington, who was a United States Army Brigadier General and a member of the United States House of  Representatives.

 

Created:  February 5, 1819

County Seat: 

Speedtown     1819 – 1829

Williamsburg  1829 – 1906

Collins            1906 – present

 

County Courthouse – Collins 

 

Location:  101 East Dogwood Avenue / Main Street

Built:  1907

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William S Hull of Jackson

Contractor:  J B Carr & Company of Atlanta, Georgia

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick,  stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Collins. The northeast front has a projecting central porch with three arches and recessed entrance on the first story and four columns rising to a roof at the roof line. There are three circular windows above the second story windows. Stone is used for the window trim. A horizontal belt runs below the roof line. The roof is hipped. The building was restored in 1982. The architect was William Ward Easley, Jr. and the contractor was Sullivan Enterprises Inc. Restoration was completed in 2005. The architect was McCleskey Associates and the contractor was B W Sullivan Building Contractors, Inc.

 

Note:  The first court met under a magnolia tree in Speedtown. In the early 1820’s a crude log structure was built serving as the first courthouse. In 1929, the county seat was moved to Williamsburg and in 1830, Neil Mathieson of Dry Creek built the second courthouse which was a wood frame structure and which burned in 1853. The court met at the Olive Branch Masonic Lodge in Williamsburg until the third courthouse, a two story frame structure was built by Neil Mathieson. On December 5, 1904, the courthouse burned and in 1906, the county seat was moved to Collins. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 at a cost of $117,000.

 

County Chancery Building – Collins 

 

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Location:  101 East Elm Avenue / Main Street

Built:  1993 – 1994

Style:  Modern

Architect:  James C Lee of Jackson

Contractor:  Maple Construction Company, Inc. of Hattiesburg

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Collins to the south of the courthouse. The northeast front has a central porch with three arches and a recessed entrance, The windows are arched and framed. A narrow horizontal belt runs along the top of the windows, and a wide belt runs along the flat roof line.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Simpson County and Smith County

E – Jones County

S – Forrest County and Lamar County

W – Jefferson Davis County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse – Collins

 

 

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Cornerstone 1907

 

 

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County Chancery Building – Collins

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2019