This lovely Victorian structure dates back to 1892 though it was renovated in 1936. Terrell County was named for Dr. William Terrell, a Congressman and state legislator. He also was a planter and dabbled in advances with “scientific” agriculture.
The original courthouse, located in the county seat of Dawson, was built in 1857, but it is uncertain what happened to it.
Today Dawson is the largest town in Terrell County. In fact, if you are looking for slow growth (and who isn’t, if you live in Atlanta) Terrell County may just be the place. 1860 Census figures show Terrell’s population hovering at 6,232. The official population in 2000 was 10, 970….an increase of a little over 4,700 in 140 years!
If anyone knows of any interesting trials heard in this lovely structure I’m dying to hear about them.
Georgia Courthouses is a recurring theme here at Georgia On My Mind. You can see the last one here.