Washington County

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Washington County is named for George Washington, who was the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Benton County

E – Madison County

S – Crawford County

W – Adair County, Oklahoma


Created:  October 17, 1828                    Map of Arkansas highlighting Washington County

County Seat:        

Fayetteville  1828 – present


County Courthouse – Fayetteville


Location:  280 North College Street / Dickson Street

Built:  1985 – 1986

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a five story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Fayetteville. The west front has a semi-circular projection in the center with open sections. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 4th Judicial District. The building was constructed by the First South Savings & Loan Building and was known as First South Centre. The county purchased the building in 1990.


Old County Courthouse  – Fayetteville 




Location:  4 South College Street / Center Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Richardson Romanesque

Architect:  Charles L Thompson

Contractor:  George Donaghey


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick, stone  and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Fayetteville to the south of the present courthouse. The west front has a porch on the first story with three arches. There are round towers on each corner with conical roofs. Above the west entrance rises a high square brick tower with clock and steep roof. In the interior there are over 60,000 hand laid round ceramic mosaic floor tiles located in the public foyers and corridors. There are two courtrooms located on the third story. The main courtroom had a slanted floor. A third courtroom was created on the fourth story. 


History:  The county was created in 1828 and Fayetteville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was constructed by Captain Samuel Marrs in 1829 at a cost of $50. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1837 at a cost of $6,799. The third courthouse was built by George Baker at a cost of $6,900 in 1854 and was destroyed by fire in 1862. The fourth courthouse was a brick structure built by Alexander Hendry in 1868. The building was demolished in 1905 when the fifth courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1905 at a cost of $115,750 and which is still standing. The sixth courthouse was constructed in 1985 to 1986.




County Courthouse – Fayetteville













Old County Courthouse – Fayetteville










Photos taken 2010