Decatur County, TN Courthouse – Decaturville, TN

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Decatur County, TN Courthouse - Decaturville, TN

The Decatur County Courthouse located in Decaturville, TN.

The first court met in Decaturville in 1848 in a cabin on the west side of the square. This was used only a short time until the erection of a two-story frame courthouse, which burned July 3, 1869, with all the records except those in the register’s office and the clerk and master’s office. It was claimed that the fire was the work of an arsonist for the purpose of destroying the records.

On July 12, 1869, a committee was appointed to submit plans and specifications for a new courthouse. The committee went to work at once, and the contract was let in October for a two-story brick structure at a cost of $9,000. The first floor contained offices for the county officials, and the second floor was designated for court proceedings.

Once again the Decatur County courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1927. Again it was thought by the general public to be the work of an arsonist for the same purpose of destroying the records. All records were destroyed with the exception of the ones in the court clerk’s, register’s, and clerk and master’s offices. After this fire, county offices were moved to the Eli Vise store, a two-story building located on the southeast corner of court square, which was destroyed by fire in 1968, and court was held in the Decaturville School building.

A crash building program went into effect to build a new courthouse and in less than 12 months, a fireproof, brick and concrete structure was completed. On the building committee were J. A. Chalk, chairman, V. A. Lancaster, R. E. Spence, W. S. Dennison, and J. W. Blount who served as secretary and treasurer. Elston Tate was architect and contractor, and Fount Tate served as foreman. The courthouse underwent a face-lifting in 1975 when Hardin Smith was elected to serve as county judge. A complete renovation with additional offices created from space unused in the basement offered not only an eye-catching effect but much needed space.

Three bracketed photos were taken with a handheld Nikon D5200 and combined with Photomatix to create this HDR image. Additional adjustments were made in Photoshop CS6.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11

Posted by J.L. Ramsaur Photography on 2015-04-14 16:34:54

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