|Architecture Style||Neoclassical Revival|
|Designer||Frank P. Milburn|
|Seat Information||Legislation organizing Upson County approved on Dec. 20, 1824, directedt the justices of the county's first inferior court to select the site for the county seat, which was to be as near the center of the county "as convenience will admit" (Ga. Laws 1824, p. 45). The justices selected a site on the principal road through the county almost in the geographic center of the new county. It is not clear whether a settlement already existed on this site -- but in any event, the site selected for the county seat became known as Thomaston (named for Gen. Jett Thomas, who fought in the War of 1812 and earlier built the University of Georgia's first building in Athens and the state capitol at Milledgeville). On June 11, 1825, the legislature incorporated Thomaston and designated it as Upson's county seat (Ga. Laws 1825 Ex. Sess., p. 23).|
|Courthouse Details||The Dec. 20, 1824 legislation organizing Upson County authorized the justices of the county's first inferior court to provide for construction of a courthouse and jail. However, no action was taken at first, and the house of John Turner was rented for holding superior court. Construction of a brick courthouse was begun in 1826 -- but not completed until 1828. This structure was torn down in 1852, with its brick used for construction of a new courthouse. However, there was not enough brick, so the second floor of the new courthouse was built of wood. Upson County's second courthouse served until the present courthouse was completed in 1908. The courthouse underwent a restoration in 1968, with a second renovation begun in 2000. In 1998, the Upson County commissioners and county government agencies moved out of the courthouse and other buildings into the recently renovated three-building complex that once housed the R.E. Lee High School. Earlier, county voters had approved a special purpose local option sales tax to cover the cost of remodeling the school complex and renovating the 1908 courthouse to make it ADA-compliant.|
|County Area||327.7 Square Miles|
Upson County was created from Crawford and Pike counties on Dec. 15, 1824 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1824, p. 43). According to that act, the county’s boundaries were specified as:
. . . all that territory embraced by a line beginning at Flint river, in Crawford county, where the Auchumka creek enters said river, thence up said creek to the fork, thence on a straight line to the corner of Monroe and Pike counties, thence along the line dividing said counties to the district line of the eleventh and seventh districts formerly in Monroe thence west on said line to Flint river, thence down said river to the place of beginning . . . .
Georgia’s 59th county was named for Stephen Upson, a noted Georgia lawyer of the times. Born in 1784 or 1785 in Waterbury, Conn., Upson graduated from Yale University in 1804. Because of health reasons, he moved southerward—first to Virginia, and then in 1807 to Lexington, Ga. Here, he practiced law and became a respected friend of William Crawford. Upson died in Aug. 1824 at age 40 and was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in Lexington. Although it is not clear that Upson ever served in public office, his reputation as an attorney and jurist led the General Assembly to name a new county in his honor four months after his death.
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|Legal Organ||The Upson Beacon|
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