Claiborne County

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Claiborne County is named for William C C Claiborne, who was a Governor of Louisiana and a Governor of the Mississippi Territory.


Created:  October 29, 1801

County Seat: 

Tazewell  1801 – present


County Courthouse – Tazewell  


Location:  1749 Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1931 – 1932

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Baumann & Baumann of Knoxville

Contractor:  V L Nicholson and Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The east front has a projecting center section with stone facing on the first story with center recessed entrance. Four columns rise from the second story to a pediment at the roof line. The second story windows are trimmed with small pediments above. The third story has small square windows. A horizontal belt runs below the second story windows. The roof is hipped. At the rear of the building is the old stone jail.


Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed by W H Strum in 1867. The building burned in 1931.


See:  The architect, Baumann & Baumann of Knoxville, designed the courthouse in Grainger County.



N – Whitley County, Kentucky, Bell County, Kentucky and Lee County, Virginia

E – Hancock County

S – Grainger County and Union County

W – Campbell County






County Courthouse
















Old Jail

Photos taken 2012