Lauderdale County

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Lauderdale County is named for James Lauderdale, who was killed in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.


Created:  November 24, 1835

County Seat: 

Ripley  1835 – present


County Courthouse – Ripley  


Location:  100 Main Street / Washington Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Joseph Holman and Thomas Marr of Nashville

Contractor:  R M Condra Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story yellow 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 entrance on the first story and rising to an arched window on the second story. The building recesses in tiers with vertical windows. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located in the center of the second story. The building was a Work Projects Administration project.


Note:  The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1836 at a cost of $200. The second courthouse was a frame structure built in 1844 at a cost of $4,000, was moved to the square and burned in 1869. The third courthouse was an Italianate brick structure constructed in 1870 at a cost of $20,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $125,000.


See:  The architect, Joseph Holman and Thomas Marr of Nashville, designed courthouses in Bedford County, Franklin County, Hardin CountyMadison County, McNairy County, Obion County, Pickett CountySumner County and Weakley County. They also designed the Tennessee Supreme Court in Nashville.



N – Lake County and Obion County

E – Gibson County and Crockett County

S – Tipton County

W – Pemiscot County, Missouri and Mississippi County, Arkansas





County Courthouse

























Photos taken 2011 and 2018