Sumner County

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Sumner County is named for Jethro Sumner, who was an American colonist who defended North Carolina against the British in 1780.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Simpson County, Kentucky and  Allen County, Kentucky

E – Macon County and Trousdale County

S – Wilson County

W – Davidson County and Robertson County

 

Created:  November 18, 1786                Map of Tennessee highlighting Sumner County

County Seat: 

Gallatin  1786 – present

 

County Courthouse – Gallatin  

 

Location:  105 Public Square / Water Avenue

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Marr & Holman of Nashville

Contractor:  W R Smith & Son of Nashville

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story gray limestone and concrete structure. The building sits in the center of the Public Square in the center of Gallatin. .All the sides of the building are similar with vertical pilasters between the windows on the second and third stories. The central entrances are framed. A wide eave runs along the flat roof line. The courtroom is located on the south side of the second story. The building was a Work Projects Administration project. The building was renovated and remodeled from 1972 to 1975. The architect was Howard Nielson Thomas Miller Aldred Henry & O’Brien if Nashville and the contractor was Martin R Curtis Construction Company of Hendersonville.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed in 1839 and enlarged in 1867. The building was demolished.

 

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

 

County Justice Center – Gallatin  

 

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Location:  117 West Smith Street / South Water Avenue

Built:  1970 – 1972

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Yearwood & Johnson, Inc.

Contractor:  C T C Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located to the south of the courthouse in the center of Gallatin. The north front has glass walls on the first story with a central entrance. A wide horizontal concrete section runs at the roof line of the first story. The second story is recessed with several rectangular sections. The roof line is flat. The two courtrooms are located at the center of the first story. The building houses the General Sessions Court.

 

New County Justice Center – Gallatin  

 

Location:  290 East Winchester Street / South Trigg Avenue

Built:  2020 – 2023

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Justice Planning Associates

Contractor:  Turner Corporation

 

Description:  The building will face south and will be a five story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building will be located to the south of the courthouse in the center of Gattatin on the site of the First Baptist Church. The cost is $109,000,000..

 

History:  The first courthouse was the home of Elmore Douglass used as a courthouse from 1788 to 1790. The second courthouse was built on the town square in 1803 to 1804. The third courthouse was built in 1839 and enlarged in 1867. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1939 to 1940. The County Court Building was constructed in 1970 to 1972.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Gallatin

 

 

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County Justice Center – Gallatin

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2018