Chatham County

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Chatham County is named for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, who was the British Prime Minister who was sympathetic to the American cause during the period leading up to the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Jasper County, South Carolina

E – Atlantic Ocean

S – Liberty County and Bryan County

W – Bryan County and Effingham County


Created:  February 5, 1777                    Map of Georgia highlighting Chatham County

County Seat: 

Savannah  1777 – present


County Courthouse – Savannah 


Location:  133   Montgomery Street / West York Street

Built:  1976 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Maddox and Associates

Contractor:  Batson-Cook Company Inc.


Description:  The building faces east and is a six story buff colored stone rectangular structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Savannah and has narrow horizontal windows. The first entrances are recessed. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the J Tom Coleman Courthouse – Judicial Center. On the south side is the County Jail which is now vacant.


Old County Courthouse – Savannah 




Location:  124 Bull Street / West Bryan Street

Built:  1887 – 1889

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  William Preston

Contractor:  Miles & Bradt.


Description:  The building faces west.and is a three story yellow-buff colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on an entire block along the east side of Wright Square in the center of Savannah. The west front has a large arch on the first story with recessed entrance. On the north side, the building rises to a a fenced patio and beside it rises the clock tower. The roof is hipped. The building is named as the Administrative Legislative Center. 


History:  A courthouse was built after 1752. In 1765, the a second courthouse was built on Wright Square by Peter Tondee and Joseph Dunlap and completed in 1773, and in 1778, it became the first county courthouse when the county was created. In 1796, the courthouse was damaged by fire, repaired in 1804 and used until 1830. The second county courthouse was built in 1831 to 1832 at a cost of $27,484. In 1889, the courthouse was demolished. The third courthouse was constructed in 1887 to 1889 and is still standing. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1978 to 1979.




County Courthouse – Savannah



















Old County Jail ( now demolished 2019 ) – Savannah




Old County Courthouse – Savannah



















Photos taken 2008 and 2018