Brooks County

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Brooks County is named for Preston Smith Brooks, who was a United States congressman from South Carolina.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Colquitt County and Cook County 

E – Lowndes County

S – Madison County, Florida and Jefferson County, Florida

W – Thomas County


Created:  December 11, 1858                Map of Georgia highlighting Brooks County

County Seat: 

Quitman  1859 – present


County Courthouse – Quitman 


Location:  1 Screven Street / North Court Street

Built:  1859 – 1864

Style:  Italian Renaissance Revival and Romanesque Revival

Architect:  John Wind

Contractor:  John Wind and Charles H Remington


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Quitman. The south front has a projecting section with two arches on the first story with recessed entrance. On the centre of the roof is a square clock tower. The roof is sloped. In the interior, the County Superior Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and State Court of the 2nd Judicial Administrative District. The building was extensively remodeled in 1892. The architect was Bruce & Morgan and the contractor was James Smith. The building was remodeled in 1967 to 1968. Further remodeling was completed in 2003. The architect was Jim Jamison of Quoin Design Group and the contractor was Hutchinson Construction Inc.


See:  The courthouse resembles courthouses built in Thomas County (1858) and Bibb County (1829).


 History:  The county was created in 1859 and Quitman was selected as the county seat in 1859. The first court met at the home of Thomas Folsom in Quitman. The first courthouse was a temporary structure built in 1858. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1859 to 1864 at a cost of $14,985, Confederate money. The first contractor died in 1862. Due to the shortage of material and labor only two courthouses were built in Georgia during the Civil War, the other being in Banks County.




County Courthouse – Quitman










County Superior Court courtroom







Remodel 1892




Remodel 1967 – 1968







Photos taken 2009