Banks County

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Banks County is named for Richard Banks, who was a noted Gainesville physician and surgeon.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Habersham County and Stephens County

E – Franklin County

S – Madison County and Jackson County

W – Hall County


Created:  February 1, 1858                    Map of Georgia highlighting Banks County

County Seat: 

New Lebanon  1859 – 1860

Homer              1860 – present


County Courthouse – Homer


Location:  144 Yonah Homer Road / Old Jail Street

Built:  1986 – 1987

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Jacobs-Architects, Inc.

Contractor:  Hartley Construction Company, Inc.


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Homer. The southwest front has a projecting center section with four high columns rising to a wide header with pediment rising above the roof line. A wide band runs along the flat roof line. Horizontal brick pilasters divide the windows. The building was remodeled in 2009 changing the appearance of the front of the building. The architect was Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects and the contractor was Turner Construction Company. To the south is the old County Jail built in 1900.


Old County Courthouse – Homer




Location:  106 Yonah Homer Road / Mason Street

Built:  1860 – 1863

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Samuel W Pruitt

Contractor:  Samuel W Pruitt and John Willis Pruitt


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick, stone and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Home to the south of the courthouser. The southeast front has a large porch supported by four brick pillars rising to white colored columns. There are stone headers above the windows. Stairs ascend on either side to the courtroom entrance on the second story. The roof is hipped. The building now serves as a museum and community meeting hall.


History:  The first county seat was New Lebanon and in 1860, the county seat was moved to Homer. Construction of the first courthouse started in 1860, but completion was delayed due to the Civil War. Reportedly the courthouse was built with $6,600 in Confederate currency. The date of construction is carved in the wood frame of the southeast door on the first story  The second courthouse was constructed in 1986 to 1987.




County Courthouse – Homer



















Old County Courthouse – Homer






















Old County Jail – Homer




Photos taken 2013 and 2020