Henry County

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Henry County is named for Patrick Henry, who was a Governor of Virgin.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Calloway County, Kentucky

E – Stewart County and Benton County

S – Carroll County

W – Weakley County


Created:  November 7, 1821                  Map of Tennessee highlighting Henry County

County Seat: 

Clifty    1821 – 1823

Paris    1823 – present


County Courthouse – Paris


Location:  101 West Washington Street / North Market Street

Built:  1896 – 1897

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Reuben Harrison Hunt of Chattanooga

Contractor:  E M Wallen


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Paris. The north front has a large central arch. On the northwest and northeast corners are large square towers with slopped roofs. On the southwest corner is an octagonal tower with sloped roof. On the center of the roof is a high square red colored brick clock tower with cupola at the top. In the interior are the original woodwork, balustrades and bannisters. There are three courtrooms. The main courtroom is located on the second story and there are two staircases in the north corners of the building which ascend to the third story gallery overlooking the courtroom. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 24th Judicial District. 


See:  Ruben Harrison Hunt of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the architect, also designed courthouses in Alabama in Talladega Countyin Georgia in Elbert County. in Mississippi in Chickasaw CountyLawrence County and Leflore County and in Tennessee in Hamilton CountyPolk County and Warren County.


See:  The 24th Judicial District includes Benton County, Carroll CountyDecatur County and Hardin County.


History:  The county was created in 1821 and Clifty was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of Peter Wall. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1823 on the Will Clement farm at Clifty. The county seat was moved to Paris in 1823.  The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built by John Burke and Francis McConnell in 1825 at a cost of $143. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by John Ora and constructed by Calvin Sweeney in 1852 at a cost of $42,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1896 to 1897.




County Courthouse – Paris

























Photos taken 2012