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Berrien County



Courthouse
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Source: David Seibert

LocationNashville
Date Built2008
Architecture StyleModern
DesignerJ. Glenn Gregory & Associates
Seat InformationThe 1856 act creating Berrien County appointed William Roberts, Josiah Parish, Cornelius Tison, Jasper M. Luke and Owen Smith as commissioners to purchase land for a county seat. However, the law also directed that election of county officials be held on the first Monday of April 1856. Should the commissioners not have selected a county seat by the time of the election, the new justices of the county's inferior court were authorized to make this decision. Shortly thereafter, the community of Nashville was named county seat. Like its Tennessee counterpart, Nashville was named for Revolutionary War heroGen. Francis Nash (1742-1777), who was mortally wounded in the Battle of Germantown. The General Assembly incorporated Nashville on Dec. 20, 1892 (Ga. Laws 1892, p. 162).
Courthouse DetailsThe act creating Berrien County authorized the county's inferior court to contract for construction of a courthouse and other public buildings (Ga. Laws 1855-56, p. 112). Reportedly, a log schoolhouse served as the county's temporary courthouse until a two-story wooden structure was built in 1858. That structure served until the present two-story brick courthouse was built in 1898.
County Data
Population19,286
Population 200016,235
Population Growth18.8
County SeatNashville
County Area457.8 Square Miles
Location MapBerrien County Location Map
History

Berrien County was created on Feb. 25, 1856 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1855-56, p. 112). Georgia’s 116th county was created from portions of Coffee, Irwin, and Lowndes counties. Cook County was created from Berrien County in 1918. Also, portions of Berrien County were used to create Tift County (1905) and Lanier County (1920). Berrien County was named for former U.S. Senator, U.S. Attorney General, and Georgia politician John Macpherson Berrien (1781-1856).

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Historical Population
YearPopulation
2010 19,286
2000 16,235
1990 14,153
1980 13,525
1970 11,556
1960 12,038
1950 13,966
1940 15,370
1930 14,646
1920 15,573
1910 22,772
1900 19,440
1890 10,694
1880 6,619
1870 4,518
1860 3,475