Forrest County

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Forrest

Forrest County is named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was a lieutenant in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Covington County and Jones County

E – Perry County

S – Stone County

W – Lamar County

 

Created:  April 19, 1906                                                              Map of Mississippi highlighting Forrest County

County Seat: 

Hattiesburg  1908 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hattiesburg 

 

Location:  630 North Main Street / Eaton Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  William S Hull of Jackson

Contractor:  F B Hull

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hattiesburg. The north front has a large porch with six high columns rising to a wide header at the roof line. The entrances are arched. The roof line is flat. The large central courtroom is located on the second story and has balconies on either side. The interior has wood stairs. The large courtroom is located on the second story and extends up into the third story with upper balconies on either side.. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 12th Judicial District and County Court. The building was renovated in 1922. The architect was Emmett J Hull and the contractor was Massengale & McIntosh.

 

See:  The architect, William S Hull of Jackson also designed courthouses in Alabama in Bibb County and Choctaw County and in Mississippi in Covington County, Jefferson Davis County, Perry CountyPike CountySharkey County and Tallahatchie County.

 

County Chancery Courthouse – Hattiesburg 

 

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Location:  641 North Main Street / Batson Street

Built:  1985 – 1986

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Landry & Landry

Contractor:  Newell C Sullivan

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds  in the center of Hattiesburg to the northwest of the courthouse. Vertical dividers are intersected by the horizontal bands between the first and second stories and the roof line. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Chancery Court.

 

County Justice and Youth Court Courthouse – Hattiesburg 

 

Location:  700 North Main Street / Eaton Street

Built:  1919 – 1920

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Robert E Lee

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story light red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hattiesburg on the west side of the courthouse. The north front of the rectangular shaped building has a recessed center section with two large fluted Doric columns rising to the top of the second story. The roof is gabled with pediment of stone. The building was originally constructed as the Masonic Temple. The building houses the County Youth Court and County Justice Court

 

History:  The county was created in 1906 and Hattiesburg was selected as the county seat in 1908. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1905 to 1906. The Chancery Court Courthouse was constructed in 1985 to 1986.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Hattiesburg

 

 

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County Chancery Court Courthouse – Hattiesburg

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2017