Terrell County

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Terrell County is named for William Terrell, who was a planter, Congressman, state legislator from Sparta.


Surrounding county Courthouses: 

– Webster County and Sumter County

E – Lee County 

S – Dougherty County and Calhoun County

W – Randolph County


Created:  February 16, 1856                  Map of Georgia highlighting Terrell County

County Seat: 

Dawson  1856 – present


County Courthouse – Dawson 


Location:  205 East Lee Street / Stonewall Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  High Victorian

Architect:  William H Parkins

Contractor:  J B Sample


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Dawson. The north front has two large granite stone arches in the center with recessed porch and entrance. On the east side is a five story square red colored brick clock tower with clock, turrets and steep roof. Further east is a tall narrow round tower with silver colored conical roof. On the west side is a large square red colored brick tower rising four stories with a tall narrow tower on the northwest corner. On the first story is rough granite stone facing. The roof is hipped. The building was renovated in 2009. The architect was Robert W Brown and the contractor was Warden James W McClung.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Terrell County Courthouse


See:  The 2nd Judicial District includes Atkinson CountyBaker CountyBerrien CountyBrooks County. Calhoun CountyClay CountyClinch CountyColquitt CountyCook CountyDecatur CountyDougherty CountyEarly County, Echols CountyGrady CountyIrwin CountyLanier County, Lowndes County, Miller CountyMitchell County, Quitman CountyRandolph CountySeminole CountyThomas CountyTift CountyTurner County and Worth County 


History:  The county was created in 1856 and Dawson was selectee as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in Dawson in 1857. The second and present courthouse was constructed using Georgia clay for the bricks and Georgia granite. The cost of construction was $36,832.


County Courthouse Annex – Dawson 




Location:  513 South Main Street / Forrester Drive

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick structure.  The building has a flat roof line and was the old National Guard Armory. The building houses the county offices.




County Courthouse – Dawson






















County Superior Court courtroom







County Courthouse cornerstone 1892







Photos taken 2013