Screven County

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Screven County is named for James Screven, who was a brigadier general in the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Burke County and Allendale County, South Carolina

E – Allendale County, South Carolina and Hampton County, South Carolina

S – Effingham County and Bulloch County

W – Jenkins County 


Created:  December 14, 1793                Map of Georgia highlighting Screven County

County Seat: 

Rocky Ford    1793 – 1797

Jacksonboro  1797 – 1847

Sylvania         1847 – present


County Courthouse – Sylvania


Location:  216 Mims Road / W T Sharpe Drive

Built:  1964 – 1965

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Sewell & Associates of Savannah

Contractor:  McKnight Construction of Augusta


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is surrounded by landscaped grounds and is located in the west side of the center of Sylvania.. The center entrance is recessed with a yellow colored overhang. The northwest wing is higher and solid brick. The building has a sloped green colored roof. In the center of Sylvania located on Courthouse Square is the old County Clerk’s Office


History:  The first court met at the home of Benjamin Warren in Rocky Ford. In 1797, Jacksonboro was designated as the county seat and the first courthouse was built. The second courthouse was built in 1832. The county seat was moved to Sylvania in 1847 and the third courthouse was built, but was burned by Union forces in 1864. The fourth courthouse was a wooden structure built in 1969. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1896. The fifth courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by Lewis Goodrich and constructed by Algernon Blair of Montgomery, Alabama in 1897 at a cost of $15,000. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1964 to 1965 and the previous courthouse was torn down.




County Courthouse – Sylvania



















Picture 1897 County Courthouse




Old County Clerk’s Office – Sylvania










Courthouse Square – Sylvania




Photos taken 2008 and 2020