McNairy County

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McNairy County is named for John McNairy, who was a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Tennessee.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Chester County

E – Hardin County

S – Alcorn County, Mississippi

W – Hardeman County


Created:  October 8, 1823                      Map of Tennessee highlighting McNairy County

County Seat:  

Purdy     1823 – 1890

Selmer   1890 – present


County Courthouse – Selmer


Location:  170 West Court Avenue / South 4th Street

Built:  1948 – 1949

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Joseph Holman and Thomas Marr of Nashville

Contractor:  Sumner Construction Company


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story gray colored limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Selmer. The northeast front has a central entrance framed with stone. There are vertical stone pilasters between the windows. The east and west wings are lower and the roof rises in three tiers. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was renovated in 1996. The architect was Gil Carter and the contractor was Vanderheyden Construction Company.


See:  The architect, Joseph Holman and Thomas Marr of Nashville, designed courthouses in Bedford County, Franklin County, Hardin County, Lauderdale County, Madison CountyObion County, Pickett County, Sumner County and Weakley County. They also designed the Tennessee Supreme Court in Nashville.


History:  The first courthouse  was built at Purdy about August 1825. A more substantial building was erected about 1830 by James Reed and Reuben Walker as the second courthouse with Henry Kirkland as brick mason. This was a brick building and stood until 1881, when it was destroyed by fire. In 1891, the third courthouse was constructed at Selmer by the McNairy Real Estate and Development Company. The fourth and presnt courthouse was constructed in 1948 to 1949.




County Courthouse – Selmer





































Picture 1891 County Courthouse




Picture Old County Jail 1892

Photos taken 2012 and 2018