Gibson County

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Gibson

Gibson County is named for John H Gibson, who was a soldier of the Natchez Expedition and the Creek War.

 

Created:  October 21, 1823

County Seat: 

Trenton  1823 – present

 

County Courthouse – Trenton 

 

Location:  1 Court Square / Eaton Street

Built:  1899 – 1901

Style:  High Victorian

Architect:  Walter Chamberlin and Company of Knoxville

Contractor:  T R Biggs & Son of Trenton

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff and red colored brick structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the landscaped grounds of Court Square in the center of the city. The south front has a porch on the first story with balcony on the second story with decorated balustrade and rising to a third story section above the roof line. Each corner of the building has a square tower with steep red colored roof. Granite gray colored stone is used for the belt course. On the center of the sloped roof is a cupola with red colored dome and clock. The center hall plan is designed with three identical entrances. The former courtroom on the second story has been converted into offices. 

 

Note: The first court met at the home of Luke Biss and at the home of William C Love. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1824. The second courthouse was brick building built in 1829. The third courthouse was also a brick building constructed in 1839 and was demolished for the erection of the fourth and present courthouse in 1899. Hugger and Winston were hired as the contractors but abandoned the project.

 

 See:   Walter Chamberlain of Knoxville, Tennessee used a similar design for the courthouses at Berrien County, Georgia and Macon County, Georgia.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Gibson County Courthouse

 

County Justice Building – Trenton 

 

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Location:  204 North Court Square / West Central Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is one story yellow and red colored brick and concrete structure. he long rectangular shaped building is located in the center of the city on the north side of the courthouse. Along the east front are three entrances with green colored canopies. The roof lone is flat. At the south end is the Circuit Court and at the north end the General Sessions Court.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Obion County and Weakley County

E – Weakley County and Carroll County

S – Madison County and Crockett County

W – Crockett County and Dyer County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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County Justice Building

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2018