Henry County

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Henry County is named for Patrick Henry, who was a Governor of the State of Virginia and a famous orator.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Barbour County

E – Quitman County, Georgia, Clay County, Georgia and Early County, Georgia

S – Houston County

W – Dale County

 

Created:  December 13, 1819                                                    Map of Alabama highlighting Henry County

County Seat:

Richmond  1819 – 1826

Columbia   1826 – 1833

Abbeville    1833 – present

 

County Courthouse – Abbeville

 

Location:  101 Court Square / Kirkland Street

Built:  1965 – 1966

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Epps & Davis

Contractor:  Jones & Hardy

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff-red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building sits in the center of Court Square in the center of Abbeville. The roof overhangs the building and is supported by many thin pillars. Below the roof line runs a wide black colored band. Glass windows are above the entrance doors. The building has narrow vertical windows with panels between. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located on the second story.

 

History:  The first county seat was Richmond and the first courthouse was a log structure built in 1822. In 1826, the county seat was moved to Columbia where the second courthouse, a log structure, was built. The county seat was moved to Abbeville in 1833 where the third courthouse, a log structure was built. In 1889, the fourth courthouse, a two story brick structure, was designed by Zacheriah Kirkland. In 1935, the fifth courthouse was a remodel of the fourth courthouse with exterior white colored  plaster. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1965 to 1966.

 

Note:  In 1889, a courthouse was erected in Columbia which served until 1903 when Columbia became part of Houston County. The old white colored wood jail still stands at South Main Street and East North Street.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Abbeville

 

 

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Picture 1935 County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2020