Georgia Historic Courthouse Tour along Hwy 27

Harris County Courthouse Hamilton Georgia
Harris County Courthouse
Hamilton Georgia

Harris County Courthouse  Georgia

Harris County Courthouse

Construction of the Harris County Courthouse officially began in 1908 with an elaborate ceremony surrounding the cornerstone laying. As part of its coverage, the local newspaper listed items placed inside the stone: photographs, flags, unusual pieces of old currency, newspapers from Hamilton, Columbus, and Atlanta, a list of the names of Hamilton residents, and "many other objects which will be of great interest when opened to the observation of future generations when this courthouse is demolished and a newer and better one erected." Fortunately, Harris Countians seem to be in no hurry to tear down this stately old building. In fact, it was rehabilitated and a new annex was added to the rear of the courthouse in the summer of 1998.

The Neoclassical Revival design, by architect E.C. Hosford, emphasizes the entrance portico, a two-story pedimented arrangement with six ponderous Doric columns and a full entablature. A balcony hangs from the four central columns. Colossal pilasters define the corners. Taken together, these elements give the building a feeling of massiveness and solidity more characteristic of the Greek Revival than the Roman-based designs of other Neoclassical courthouses on this tour.
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The courthouse is located on U.S. 27,
on the left if southbound,
on the northeast corner of the Hamilton town square.

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