Courthouses of Georgia

Association County Commissioners of Georgia
Photographs by Greg Newington
Text by George Justice
Foreword by Ross King
Introduction by Larry Walker

A visually stunning and fact-filled tribute to Georgia’s “temples of justice”

Reviews

“The courthouse is where couples are married and where divorces are granted. It’s where bought land is registered and where lawsuits over ‘family inherited land’ are settled. It’s where one gets a gun permit and it’s where murder trials are held. When there is a birth, a record is made, and when there is a death someone registers that also, often in the same office. The courthouse is where one pays taxes and where one might be ordered to pay other debts to society. . . . This is what this book is all about. It’s for us to look, see, and remember: memories good and bad, history laudable and shameful.”
—from the introduction by Larry Walker

"The courthouses of Georgia’s 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia’s town squares. ACCG, Georgia’s county association, pays tribute to these recognized local landmarks in a vibrant new photography book, Courthouses of Georgia. Organized by the nine travel regions of Georgia, the book offers the perfect starting point for touring any of Georgia’s counties and instills an appreciation for historic preservation."
Covington News


"Even if you have to give Courthouses of Georgia to yourself this holiday season, you'll want this heirloom-quality book to pass along to future generations of your family."
—Dink NeSmith, Athens Banner-Herald

"[B]eautiful and informative reference source."
Library Journal (Best Reference of 2014)

“This is a delightful book for history buffs, fans of historic preservation and anyone interested in Georgia history.”
—Melissa Tufts, Northeast Georgia Living

"This publication may fit in the category of coffee table books because of its dimensions and lush photographic quality, but it is much more. It is a landmark record of this state’s courthouses, assembled with editorial skill and care. It is a valuable reference, a gold mine of historical data, and a reminder of the importance of these buildings—varied though they may appear—to American democracy."
—Wallace B. Eberhard, Georgia Library Quarterly

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The courthouses of Georgia’s 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better-known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia’s town squares.

In Courthouses of Georgia, internationally recognized photographer Greg Newington captures the prominence and character of these great structures. His images pay tribute to the community’s investment in preserving historic courthouses for future generations and celebrate new facilities designed to accommodate expanded county programs and services, keeping pace with the state’s tremendous growth.

Courthouses of Georgia commemorates the centennial anniversary of Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), Georgia’s county government association. In his introduction to this lavishly illustrated book, former Georgia House of Representatives majority leader Larry Walker shares memories of county courthouses by legislators, authors, judges, and other notable state figures, and historian George Justice highlights the proud civic and architectural heritage of each structure to provide additional context. Organized by the nine travel regions of Georgia, the book offers the perfect starting point for touring any of Georgia’s counties and instills an appreciation for historic preservation.

Highlights:

  • ACCG is composed of members of Georgia's county governments, encompassing 159 counties and represented by more than 810 county commissioners 
  • each courthouse is discussed in rich detail with two full pages of color photos  
  • written by a credentialed historian, includes a description of the historical significance of the county, the buildings themselves, as well as mention of courthouses that may predate the current ones  
  • serves as a useful travel guide that includes location, date of the completion of the building, architectural style, materials, and the year the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places  
  • organizes courthouses by Georgia's nine travel regions and includes a frontispiece map and nine detailed maps on the section breaks to aid the traveler  
  • photographs by an expert in the field of Architectural photography
  • includes a foreword and introduction and features specific memories of events at several courthouses by a number of prominent Georgians​ 




 


Published in association with the Georgia Humanities Council

Page count: 368
160 color photos, 10 maps
Trim size: 12 x 9

Read more about Georgia's County Governments at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

 



Hardcover
List price: $34.95
978-0-8203-4688-5
10/15/2014

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Greg Newington is a fine art and commercial photographer with a studio in the Serenbe Community in south Fulton County, Georgia. Newington was previously the director of photography for Fairfax Business Media Group, Sydney, Australia, and the photography editor for the Australian daily broadsheet. His photographs have appeared in more than three hundred publications worldwide. George Justice is a professor of history at the University of North Georgia. Ross King has worked for ACCG since 1987, serving as the association’s policy director and deputy director prior to his appointment as executive director in April 2010. Larry Walker served in the Georgia General Assembly from 1972 to 2005. In 1986, he was elected majority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, serving in that capacity for sixteen years.