Burke County Courthouse, 1857, Waynesboro

Burke County Courthouse Waynesboro GA Antebellum Institutional Architecture Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Burke County’s historic antebellum courthouse is actually the fourth to serve the county. A log cabin built in 1773 first served this purpose, followed by a wooden courthouse built in 1777. After it burned in 1825, temporary facilities were used until a third courthouse was built in 1856. It burned soon thereafter and was replaced by this structure in 1857. Expansions in 1899 by architect L. F. Goodrich gave the courthouse its present appearance. To accommodate population growth, an annex (pictured below)  was completed by the Public Works Administration in 1940.

Burke County Courthouses Waynesboro GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Waynesboro Historic District, National Register of Historic Places

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2 responses to “Burke County Courthouse, 1857, Waynesboro

  1. Dale E. Reddick

    That structure has been much modified. That large twin set of steps on the exterior is a modern addition, if memory serves me, correctly. This structure replaced the earlier courthouse structures, which burnt down – twice. Twice burnt, was the Burke County Courthouse, ever before William Tecumseh Sherman and his blue-clad minions passed on by to the southwest, through nearby MIllen, while skirmishing with CSA Cavalry on the outskirts of Waynesboro. Conducting genealogical research (needing courthouse records) can be a trying experience in Burke County, formerly St. George Parish of colonial Georgia (prior to 1777).

  2. Wendell Theus

    Hi Brian, Great photos. Does Waynesboro have a fire department? Just kidding!!

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