- 1915 Johnson County Courthouse
Johnson County’s historic courthouse, built in 1895, was rehabilitated in 1996 after a large group of citizens vehemently protested the Johnson County Commission’s plans to build a new courthouse outside of the downtown area. Several architectural firms were asked to present plans to rehabilitation plans to the community and the firm of Carter Watkins of Monroe, GA, was chosen.
Attached are scans of the history of the Johnson County Courthouse as presented in 1995 by Carter Watkins & Associates.
Current Johnson County Courthouse
A membership drive is underway for the Johnson County Historical Society. The dues are as follows: Single Membership, $10; Family Membership, $25; Child Membership, $5; Business Membership, $50. The historical society is in the process of remodeling the Grice House to accommodate the Chamber of Commerce offices. This will enable the historical society to house a museum at the Grice House and have someone available to operate it. All membership donations are tax deductible and should be mailed to P.O. Box 87, Wrightsville, GA 31096.
Tour the historic homes near downtown Wrightsville on our Internet Tour:
Address of the new blog representing Donald Smith’s From Days Gone By:
The coordinator for the Johnson County Gen Web Project is looking for photos of John B. Wright. Please get in touch with Better Hometown at 478-864-0048 or firstname.lastname@example.org/ if you know of anyone who might have his photograph. Below is a photo of his wife, Mourning Smith Wright, circa 1870.
The late Mrs. Roland (Elaine) Attaway’s father, David B. (Gordon) Clarke planted the original oak trees on the Courthouse Square. The trees were found in the woods surrounding Wrightsville and transplanted. Other children of Susie Mae and Gordon Clarke were Estelle Chester, Jeanette Brown, Claxton Clarke, and Leland Clarke. The young oak trees may be seen in this 1923 photograph.
Mrs. Louise Dodd, a former Wrightsville resident, remembers when movie actor, Richard Widmark, visited the Wrightsville Theatre in the 1950′s on a Hollywood promotional tour.
1923 Photo of the Johnson County Courthouse