Georgia Historic Courthouse Tour along Hwy 27

Clay County Courthouse Fort Gaines Georgia
Clay County Courthouse
Fort Gaines Georgia

Clay County Courthouse  Georgia

Clay County Courthouse

Although the courthouse at Westville is about two decades older, Clay County's vernacular brick structure is equally remarkable because it still serves it's original purpose. Built between 1871 and 1873, less than a decade after the end of the Civil War, it is only the second courthouse in the county's history. (The first, a one-room structure built in 1854, was reused for a time as a schoolhouse before being converted into the kitchen of a local residence.)

Here too, the name of the designer is unknown. We do know that he was influenced by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome, because the building shows strong elements of that tradition with its two-story columned central portico, colossal corner pilasters, and low-pitched roof. Perhaps he drew inspiration from the Greek Revival style, an approach modeled on the temples of ancient Greece that was popular before the Civil War, especially in the South. The Greek Revival was considered to be an appropriate style for America in its youth because it, like Greece, was a democracy. The style did not survive the war, however, so it is unusual to see elements of it applied to a building constructed in the 1870s.
Southwest Quarter Chattahoochee Regional
Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 31
Cuthbert, Georgia 31740
(912) 732-2683

From U.S. 27 southbound in Clay County, turn right (west) onto Ga. 37
and go 12 miles to Fort Gaines. Turn right on Washington Street:
The courthouse is on the right.

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