Meigs County

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Meigs County is named for Return John Meigs, who was an officer in the Continental Army and who was a federal Indian military agent in Tennessee.

 

Created:  January 20, 1836

County Seat: 

Decatur  1836 – present

 

County Courthouse – Decatur  

 

Location:  17214 Highway 56 / Abel Avenue

Built:  1902 – 1904

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect: W R Harper

Contractor:  Broadway Manufacturing Company of Knoxville

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The east front has a large square brick tower rising at the entrance with clock at the top. The front has a small one story portico with large arch. The roof is hipped.  The building was renovated in 1964 after a fire and in 1993. An addition was built on the west side in 2003.  The architect was Weeks, Ambrose, McDonald Inc. of Knoxville and the contractor was Hudak & Dawson Construction Company, Inc. of Gadsden, Alabama.

 

Note:  The first courthouse constructed by William Kerr in 1837 for a sum of $2400. The second courthouse was constructed in 1882 but was destroyed by fire on April 2, 1902. The third courthouse was constructed in 1902 at a cost of $645. The building was damaged by fire on January 18, 1964.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Meigs County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Roane County

E – McMinn County

S – Bradley County and Hamilton County

W – Rhea County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2018