Van Buren County is named for Martin Van Buren, who was President of the United States of America.
Created: January 3, 1840
Spencer 1840 – present
Old County Courthouse – Spencer
Location: 179 Veterans Square / College Street
Built: 1904 – 1905
Architect: L E Hawthorne and J H Roy
Contractor L E Hawthorne and J H Roy
Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the west side of the center of the city. The building is rectangular with a central entrance on the south side which is framed with white colored wood. The windows are vertical and narrow. On the center of the roof is a rectangular white colored cupola. The roof is hipped. The building is now owned by the Historical Society and is no longer used as a courthouse.
Note: The first court met at the home of William Worthington and in 1840, the first courthouse was an old house purchased in Spencer. The second courthouse was built in 1848 by Nathan F Trogden. The building was damaged during a storm and a courthouse committee awarded a contract on August 2, 1904 to built a new courthouse on the same site.
County Administration – Spencer
Location: 121 Taft Drive / Highway 111
Built: 2016 – 2018
Architect: Upland Design Group Inc. of Crossville
Contractor J Cumby Construction Inc. of Cookeville
Description: The building faces east and is a two story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the east side of the center of the city. The east front has ha central entrance with a high concrete section which projects from the main building and has two vertical windows on the second story. A narrow horizontal concrete belt run between the first and second stories. And a wide horizontal belt runs along the extended flat roof line. The building contains the Commissioner’s Room and the Courtroom.
N – White County
W – Warren County
Commissioner Minutes – building courthouse
Photos taken 2012, 2014 and 2018