Winston County

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Winston County is named for John A Winston, who was the fifteenth Governor of Alabama.


Created:  February 12, 1850

County Seat  :        

Old Houston       1850 – 1858

Houston             1858 – 1882

Double Springs  1882 – present


County Courthouse – Double Springs


Location:  11 Blake Drive / Main Street

Built:  1893 – 1894

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Andrew Jackson Ingle with William C Miles and Coley from Birmingham

Contractor:  Andrew Jackson Ingle with William C Miles and Coley from Birmingham


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored native sand rock structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front has a large portico with four high columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square white colored cupola with clock and white colored dome at the top. The roof is hipped. 


Note: In 1929 an annex was constructed at a cost of $4,000. In 1929, a wing and jail were constructed at a cost of $70,000. The architect was Warren, Knight and Davis and the contractor was Durdick, Burook and Woodcroft. In 1950, an addition was added to the east wing at a cost of $35,000. In 1962, an addition was added on the north side at a cost of $77,900. The contractor was Dobbs and Dobbs of Haleyville. Kermit Adams quarried this rock at Black Pond and laid the rock on this addition. In 1982, a wood addition was built by Nolan Smith at a cost of $38,950.


Note:  The first courthouse was a log cabin built in 1850 at Old Houston in Hancock by 75 local workers. In 1858, the county was renamed as Winston County and the courthouse was moved to Houston. A fire destroyed the courthouse on August 23, 1864. The second courthouse was built in 1865 but burned on February 23, 1868. In 1871, the third courthouse was built. The county seat moved to Double Springs and in 1883 a wooden building consisting of two stories was built as the fourth courthouse. On August 5, 1891, fire destroyed the courthouse. In 1893, the fifth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $12,444.


County Judicial Complex – Double Springs




Location:  11 Blake Drive / Main Street

Built:  2010 – 2012

Style:  Modern

Architect:  PH&J Architects Inc. of Montgomery

Contractor:  Martin and Cobey Construction Company Inc. of Athens


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff-pink colored brick and concrete structure. The building stands on the north side of the courthouse. and is named the “Bobby R Aderholt Judical Complex”. The roof line is flat.



N – Franklin County and Lawrence County

E – Cullman County

S – Walker County

W – Marion County





County Courthouse

























County Judicial Complex










Construction 2010

Photos taken 2010 and 2018