Carter County

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Carter County is named for Landon Carter, who was Speaker of the State of Franklin senate.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Sullivan County and Johnson County

E – Johnson County and Avery County, North Carolina

S – Avery County, North Carolina and Mitchell County, North Carolina

W – Unicoi County and Washington County


Created:  April 9, 1796                           Map of Tennessee highlighting Carter County

County Seat: 

Elizabethton  1796 – present


County Courthouse – Elizabethton  


Location:  801 East Elk Avenue / Main Street

Built:  1850 – 1852

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Joseph S Burts

Contractor:  John Lyle and William M. Fleming


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the center of the city. The south front has a large portico with four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The roof line is flat. The building was remodeled in 1933 after damage by fire. The architect was D R Beeson and the contractor was J C Crumley. A red colored brick addition was constructed on the north side in 1986 to 1987. The architect was Beeson, Lusk & Street of Johnson City and the contractor was Burwil Construction Company, Inc. On the south side of the building is the old Sherriff’s Office.


See:  The courthouse is one of six remaining working Antebellum courthouses in Tennessee located in Dickson CountyHawkins County, Jefferson CountyRutherford County and Williamson County.


History:  The court first met at the house of William Matlock in Elizabethton. The first courthouse was a log structure erected on the public square in 1797. The second courthouse was a two story octagonal brick structure built in 1821 under the supervision of Jeremiah Campbell. William Carter, James Keys, Johnson Hampton and Alfred M Carter. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1850 to 1852 at a cost of $7,100.



County Jail – Elizabethton  




Location:  900 East Elk Avenue / 3rd Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a five story red and white colored concrete slab structure. The building is located on the north side of the center of the city to the south of the courthouse. The roof line is flat.




County Courthouse – Elizabethton













Old Sheriff’s Office – Elizabethton




County Jail – Elizabethton




Photos taken 2012