Hale County

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Hale

Hale County is named for Stephen F Hale, who was a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate States army.

 

Created:  January 30, 1867

County Seat:

Greensboro  1867 – present

 

County Courthouse – Geensboro

 

Location:  1001 Main Street / Centreville Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  John A Straiton of Greensboro

Contractor:  John A Straiton of Greensboro

 

Description:  The building  faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has a large portico supported by four columns rising to a pediment below the roof line. There is a small balcony on the second story. There is stone trim at the corners. The center section rises with a flat white colored roof section and a high square white colored cupola with clock and green colored dome, set behind. The large courtroom is located on the second story. On the south side of the building is the old two story jail.

 

Note:  The architect and contractor, John A Straiton, also constructed the First United Methoist Church in Greensboro.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was the building known as Salem Baptist Church which was vacant and purchased to serve as a courthouse. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $50,000 with the addition of a clock. On March 4, 1935, fire destroyed the upper floor of the courthouse. The old belfry, with its big clock, collapsed first and then the rest of the roof. The reconstruction of the second floor was about $30,000.  The new Seth Thomas clock cost $1717.50.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Tuscaloosa County

E – Bibb County and Perry County

S – Marengo County

W – Greene County 

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Jail

 

 

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Photos taken 2010 and 2018