Coffee County

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Coffee

Coffee County is named for John Coffee, who was a frontiersman, planter and veteran of the Creek War and War of 1812.

 

Created:  May 2, 1836

County Seat:  

Manchester  1836 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Manchester  

 

Location:  West Main Street / Irvine Street

Built:  1870 – 1871

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  J O Wright and D S Wright of Nashville and Henry Levy

Contractor:  J O Wright and D S Wright of Nashville and Henry Levy

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Public Square in the center of the city, The west front has a central entrance on the first story with fanlight above. On the second story is a double arched window and above is a part pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large square white colored open cupola. The courtroom is located on the west side of the second story. In 1914, an addition was made on the north side. The contractor was W B Crick.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1837 and was destroyed by fire. The cost of construction of the second courthouse was $8,755. The brickwork contract was awarded to Henry Levy for $2,341.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old Coffee County Courthouse

 

County Justice Center – Manchester  

 

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Location:  300 Hillsboro Boulevard / Ramsey Street

Built:  1980 – 1981

Style:  Schooolhouse

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city to the south of the old courthouse and is a former high school. The north front has a glass entrance on the first story. The west wing is three stories. The building has a flat roof line. The courtrooms are located on the third story.

 

Note:  The Coffee County Central High School was constructed in the 1930’s and became the County courthouse in 1982.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Cannon County

E – Warren County and Grundy County

S – Franklin County

W – Moore CountyBedford County and Rutherford County

 

 

 

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Old County Courthouse

 

 

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County Justice Center

 

 

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Old County Central High School

 

 

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Renovation Plans 1982

Photos taken 2012 and 2018