Wilkes County

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Wilkes County is named for John Wilkes, who was a British politician who supported the cause of the American colonies in the British House of Commons.


Created:  February 5, 1777

County Seat: 

Washington  1784 – present


County Courthouse – Washington 


Location:  23 East Court Street / Spring Street

Built:  1903 – 1904

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC

Contractor:  Savannah Contracting Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The building faces onto Courthouse Square. The south front has a large square clock tower with red colored roof. On the west is a round tower with red colored roof and at the base, an arched recessed entrance. On the east is a shorter square tower and above is a red colored diagonally crossed façade. During construction, J E Burgess was the general manager. The upper part of the building was destroyed by a fire in 1958. The building was renovated in 1959. The architect was Willis Irvin Architects & Associates of Augusta and the contractor was J M Long of Washington. In 1989 an addition was constructed on the north side.


Note:  The building plans used were the same plans used for the construction of the Anderson County, South Carolina, Courthouse.


See:  The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC.



N – Oglethorpe County and Elbert County

E – Lincoln County

S – McDuffie County and Warren County

W – Taliaferro County and Oglethorpe County




















Photos taken 2008