Tift County

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Tift County is named for Nelson Tift, who was the founder of the City of Albany, Georgia, local judge, member of Congress, and also for Henry Harding Tift, who founded Tifton.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Turner County and Irwin County

E – Irwin County and Berrien County

S – Cook County and Colquitt County

W – Worth County


Created:  August 17, 1905                     Map of Georgia highlighting Tift County

County Seat: 

Tifton  1905 – present


County Courthouse – Tifton 


Location:  237 East 2nd Street / North Tift Avenue

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Beaux Arts Classicism

Architect:  William A Edwards of Atlanta

Contractor:  J F Jenkins & Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story brown-buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Tifton. The south front has a central porch supported by four columns rising to a a wide header with crest at the roof line. The entrance is recessed. A projecting cornice runs between the second and third stories. There is stone trim at the windows and unique sculptured lions heads. The interior has marble wainscoting. The courtroom is located on the second story and the judge’s bench is emphasized by single Corinthian columns with a full entablature. 


See:  The architect William A Edwards of Atlanta also designed the 1936 courthouse in Fannin County.


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 CountyTerrell CountyThomas CountyTurner County and Worth County 


History:  The county was created in 1905 and Tifton was selected as the county seat. The courthouse is the first and only courthouse built in the county in 1912 to 1913.


County Administration Building – Tifton 




Location:  225 North Tift Avenue / East 3rd Street

Built:  1916 – 1917

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Tifton to the northeast of the courthouse and served as a high school until 1962. In 1974, the building became the Charles A Kent Administration Building.




County Courthouse – Tifton










County Superior Court courtroom













County Administration Building – Tifton
















Photos taken 2009 and 2018