Perry County

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Perry County is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, who was a Commodore in the United States navy and who defeated the British in the decisive Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.


Created:  December 13, 1819

County Seat: 

Marion  1819 – present


County Courthouse – Marion


Location:  Courthouse Square / Washington Street

Built:  1855 – 1856

Style:   Greek Revival

Architect:  B F Parsons

Contractor:  James Didlake


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of the city. The south front has a wide porch with six large white colored columns and a balcony on the second story. There is a clock in the center of the pediment. Wings extend north and south and there is a pitched red roof. The courtroom is located in the center of the second story. The building was renovated in 1954. The architect was Martin J Lide of Birmingham and the contractor was C W Williams Company, Inc.


See:  Other antebellum courthouses in Alabama are located in Coosa County Lowndes County and Saint Clair County.


History:  The first courthouse was built in Prairie Ridge seven miles south of Marion after 1819. The county seat moved to Marion in 1823 and the second courthouse, a two story log structure was built. The third courthouse was a brick structure built in 1837. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1855 to 1856.



N – Bibb County

E – Chilton County and Dallas County

S – Dallas County and Marengo County

W – Marengo County and Hale County





County Courthouse – Marion































Photos taken 2010