Benton County

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Benton

Benton County is named for David Benton, who was a veteran of the Creek War and an early settler in the county.

 

Created:  December 19, 1837

County Seat: 

Camden  1837 – present

 

County Courthouse – Camden  

 

Location:  1 East Court Street / East Main Street

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hart-Freeland-Roberts, Inc. of Nashville and Jackson

Contractor:  Hugh Ward Construction Company of Humboldt

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a is a two story brown colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the east side of the center of the city. The south front has a large glass section which is recessed and has the main entrance. On the east side of this section, the windows are narrow and vertical. The roof line is flat. The interior has an open atrium with the courtroom on the east side of the second story. 

 

See:  The architect, Hart-Freeland-Roberts, Inc. of Nashville and Jackson, designed courthouses in Henderson County, Lawrence County and Unicoi County.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built by Samuel Halliburton at Tranquility in 1836.In 1837 the second courthouse was built by Samuel Ingram. In 1845, the third courthouse was built by Colonel Irvine B Cams on the public square in Camden. The fourth courthouse was built by L B Patton on 1877. In 1915 to 1917, the fifth courthouse was designed by Edward L Dougherty and constructed by A J Bryan and J W Wood. The cost of construction of sixth and present courthouse $500,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Henry County and Stewart County

E – Houston County, Humphreys County and Perry County

S – Decatur County

W – Carroll County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Cornerstone 1917 Courthouse

Photos taken 2012 and 2018