Peach County

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Peach County is named for the abundance of peaches grown in central Georgia.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Crawford County and Bibb County 

E – Houston County

S – Macon County

W – Taylor County and Crawford County 

 

Created:  November 24, 1924                Map of Georgia highlighting Peach County

County Seat: 

Fort Valley  1924 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fort Valley 

 

Location:  205 West Church Street / South Miller Street

Built:  1935 – 1936

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  Dennis & Dennis

Contractor:  Griffin Construction Company of Atlanta

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Fort Valley. The north front has two projecting one story sections on either side of the recessed center section which has three arched entrances and with a pediment at the roof line containing the County crest. A wide horizontal white colored band runs below the roof line. At the top of the hipped roof is a tall white colored cupola with green colored dome and weather vane. In 1972, a “T” shaped addition was constructed on the south side making the courthouse into an “H” shaped plan. In 2000, an annex was constructed on the west side which created an enclosed quadrangle on the west side of the original building. In the interior, the large County Superior Court courtroom is located on the east side of the building. The courtroom has a high ceiling. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court and County Probate Court of the 3rd Judicial District. The building was restored in 1969 after a fire. In 2000, an annex was constructed on the west side. The architect was Russell Claxton of Claxton Architects.

 

Note:  In November 1935, the bid of Griffin Construction Company was accepted at $58,875. A B Lea Plumbing Company  was also hired to do the plumbing work  The total cost of the project was $74,371. This construction was a Works Project Administration project.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Peach County Courthouse

 

First County Courthouse – Fort Valley 

 

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Location:  116 East Main Street / Camillia Boulevard

Built:  1890s

Style:  Commercial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story cream colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Fort Valley. The northeast front has an extended canopy on the first story and large decorative windows on the second story. The roof line is flat. The building housed the R S Braswell & Sons dry goods store and was purchased by George Hiley Slappey in 1915. In 1916, the building was remodeled with the addition of an auditorium on the second story and opened as the Austin Theater and Opera House in 1917. In 1925, the county occupied the second story of the building as the first courthouse. In 2007, the building reopened as the Austin Theater.

 

Note:  Peach County was the last county created in Georgia.

 

See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Bibb County, Chattahoochee CountyCrawford CountyHarris CountyHouston CountyLee CountyMacon CountyMarion CountyMuscogee CountySchley CountyStewart CountySumter CountyTalbot CountyTaylor County and Webster County. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1924 and Fort Valley was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse in 1925 was the second story of Slappey’s Opera House ( Austin Theater ) at 116 East Main Street. The second courthouse was located in the former Star and Durant auto dealership on South Macon. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1936 at a cost of $64,391.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Fort Valley

 

 

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County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

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First County Courthouse – Fort Valley

 

 

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Photos taken 2013, 2018 and 2023