Colbert County

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Colbert County is named for George Colbert and Levi Colbert, who were Chickasaw chiefs.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lauderdale County 

E – Lawrence County

S – Franklin County

W – Tishomingo County, Mississippi


Created:  February 24, 1870                                                      Map of Alabama highlighting Colbert County

County Seat:

Tuscumbia  1870 – present


County Courthouse – Tuscumbia


Location:  201 North Main Street / West 4th Street

Built:  1881 – 1882

Style:  Greek Revival and Italianate

Architect:  Edward Laurent of Nashville, Tennessee

Contractor:  William Dowling of Chattanooga, Tennessee


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story white colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Tuscumbia. The east front has a large portico supported by four white colored columns rise to a pediment at the roof line. There is decorative brickwork between the first and second stories. On the center of the roof is a large open dome with clock and white colored dome above.  The building burned in 1908 when the interior was gutted. In 1909, the building was rebuilt and a clock tower was added. The architect was Bearden and Foreman and C L Peckinpaugh of Nashville, Tennessee and the contractor was Hosford & Graham.. An addition was built on the north side in 1948. The architect was H A Griffiths Jr. and the contractor was N C Hatcher. An addition was built on the west side in 1973 to 1975. The architect was Northington, Smith, Kranert, Tomblin & Associates and the contractor was B H Craig Construction Company Inc.


See: National Register of Historic Places – Colbert County Courthouse Square Historic District


History:  The courthouse constructed in 1881 is the first and only courthouse erected in the county.




County Courthouse – Tuscumbia





































Photos taken 2010 and 2018