Dawson County

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Dawson County is named for William C Dawson, who was a noted lawyer, soldier, United States Representative and United States Senator.

 

Created:  December 3, 1857

County Seat: 

Dawsonville  1857 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Dawsonville 

 

Location:  Courthouse Square / Main Street

Built:  1858 – 1860

Style:  Vernacular and Carpenter

Architect:  Wesley McGuire, Henderson Wilson and John Hockenhull

Contractor:  Wesley McGuire, John Hockenhull and Henderson Wilson

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The south front has a central entrance. There is a central entrance on north side with small porch. The windows have shutters. The roof is sloped. The building is the oldest courthouse in Georgia that is still in use. An addition with flat roof line was constructed in 1958 on the west side. The building was renovated in 1989 to 1990. To the west is the old red colored brick Jail constructed in 1881.

 

Note:  Originally, in May of 1858, plans were underway to contract with Wesley McGuire, John Hockenhull and Henderson Wilson to build a 50 foot by 30 foot wooden structure with four gables, windowsills, and steps. Then in August of 1858, by orders of a grand jury, the plans were changed to enlarge the building to 54 feet by 38 feet with two gables constructed with brick, granite, soapstone, and marble.

 

Note: The courthouse is similar to the early Carpenter Style in North Georgia as seen in the courthouses in Dade County and White County.

 

County Courthouse – Dawsonville 

 

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Location:  25 Tucker Avenue / Shoal Creek Road

Built:  2009 – 2011

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Rosser International

Contractor:  Winter Construction

 

Description:  The building faces east and Built in 2009, the modern building is a four story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building faces east and was completed in 2011. The east front has a projecting center section with arches along the first story and four pillars rising from the second story to a wide pediment at the fourth story. The first story has cream colored facing. A cream colored band runs below at eave at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large octagonal; dome with black colored roof. Small three story wings project on the north and south sides. The building is the Dawson County Government Center.

 

Note:  The courthouse constructed in 1987 was torn down when the new courthouse was constructed.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Gilmer County

E – Lumpkin County and Hall County

S – Forsyth County

W – Cherokee County and Pickens County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2013