Polk County

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Polk County is named for James Knox Polk, who was the eleventh President of the United States of America.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Floyd County and Bartow County

E – Paulding County

S – Haralson County

W – Cleburne County, Alabama and Cherokee CountyAlabama 


Created:  December 20, 1851                Map of Georgia highlighting Polk County

County Seat: 

Cedartown  1851 – present


County Courthouse – Cedartown 


Location:  100 Prior Street / North College Street

Built:  1951 – 1952

Style:  Modern Stripped Classical

Architect:  William J J Chase & Associates

Contractor:  Bailey-Brazell Construction Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Cedartown. The center section is the highest part of the building with lower east and west wings. The center section projects from the main building and has a recessed center section with vertical pilasters with vertical windows with panels between. Horizontal belts run across the top of the building. The roof line is flat. The building was originally constructed as the Sheriff’s Office and Jail.


History:  The first courthouse was built in 1852 and was burned by Union forces in 1864. The second courthouse was built in 1867 and burned in 1887. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by William Parkins and built in 1889 to 1891. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1951 to 1952.


County Courthouse Annex – Cedartown 




Location:  50 Prior Street / North Main Street

Built:  1935 – 1936

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Otis Clay Poundston

Contractor:  Works Progress Administration


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Cedartown and served as the City Hall and Courthouse. The building was renovated in 1984 and 1985.  The architect was Williams, Sweitzer & Barnum, Inc. and the contractor was Beneficial Brothers Inc.




County Courthouse – Cedartown






















County Courthouse Annex – Cedartown













Photos taken 2010 and 2020