Washington County

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Washington County is named for George Washington, who was the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Sullivan County

E – Carter County and Unicoi County

S – Unicoi County

W – Greene County and Hawkins County


Created:  November 15, 1777                Map of Tennessee highlighting Washington County

County Seat: 

Jonesborough  1777 – present


County Courthouse – Jonesborough  


Location:  100 East Main Street / Cherokee Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Baumann Brothers of Knoxville

Contractor:  L A Galyon


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Jonesborough. The northwest front has a large portico with four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. There is a small balcony on the second story of the portico. A balustrade runs along the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square white cupola with clock. An addition was built on the southeast side in 1963. The architect was Beeson & Beeson and the contractor was M A Tipton Construction Company. The building was renovated in 1987. The architect was Beeson, Lusk & Street, Inc. and the contractor was Norman Construction Company. .


See:  The architect, Baumann Brothers of Knoxville, designed courthouses in Blount County and Monroe County.


County Justice Center – Jonesborough  




Location:  108 West Madison Boulevard / North Cherokee Street

Built:  2007 – 2009

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ken Ross Architects Inc.

Contractor:  Burwill Construction Company


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The southeast front has a large central portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. North and south wings extend from the main building and have vertical windows and hipped roofs. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola. The building is named as the George P Jaynes Justice Center.


County Juvenile Court – Johnson City  




Location:  607 East Myrtle Street / New Street

Built:  2012 – 2013

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thomas Weems Architects

Contractor:  Armstrong Construction Company


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a one story red-brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in Johnson City. The southeast front has a projecting center section with entrance on the west side. The roof line is flat except for the hipped roof on the center part of the building.


Note:  There is a courthouse at 128 East Market Street.


History:  The first courthouse was a log cabin built in 1779. The second courthouse was a larger wood structure built in 1780s in Jonesborough. The third courthouse was a two story wood structure built in 1794 under the supervision of James Stuart, David Deaderick, Samuel May Sr, John Johnston, John Sevier Sr, William Lovely and James Carmichael.  The fourth courthouse was a brick structure built in 1820 under the supervision of John McAllister, David Deaderick, John Cheater, John Kennedy and John G Eason. The courthouse burned in 1839. The court then met in rented premises until 1846 when the fifth courthouse a three story brick structure was built in 1847 by Jacob Newman and William Fleming. The sixth courthouse was constructed in 1912 to 1913. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2007 to 2009.




County Courthouse – Jonesborough

























County Justice Center – Jonesborough
















County Junvenile Court – Johnson City







Photos taken 2012 and 2014