|Architecture Style||Romanesque Revival|
|Designer||Golucke & Stewart|
|Seat Information||The Dec. 24, 1821 act organizing Henry County authorized the justices of the inferior court to select the location of the county seat. In 1822 or 1823, the court selected one-half of land lot 134 in the seventh district as the location of the county seat and laid out a town on this site. In an act of Dec. 17, 1823, the legislature declared this site the permanent seat of government for Henry County and incorporated it as McDonough (Ga. Laws 1823, p. 188). The town was named for Thomas McDonough, a U.S. naval commodore who became famous during the War of 1812 for defeating a British fleet on Lake Champlain in 1814.|
|Courthouse Details||Henry County's first superior court met on June 10, 1822 at the house of William Ruff. The county's first courthouse was built in 1823 on the town square of the new settlement of McDonough. This structure burned in 1823, and it is not clear what served as county courthouse for the next seven years. A new brick courthouse was built in the public square in 1831, which served until the current three-story brick courthouse was built in 1897. The new courthouse was built across the street facing the public square, which became a park with a tall Confederate monument erected in the center. The courthouse was restored and renovated in 1980-81. In 2000, construction began on a new annex adjacent to the current courthouse.|
|County Area||324.5 Square Miles|
Henry County was created on May 15, 1821 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1821 Extra. Session, p. 3). Dooly, Houston, Monroe, Fayette, and Henry County were created in that order by the Georgia Land Lottery Act of 1821, which was enacted at a special session of the General Assembly four months after the Creek Indians ceded lands between the Ocmulgee and Flint rivers on Jan. 8, 1821 in the first Treaty of Indian Springs. Henry County was organized by an act of the legislature approved Dec. 24, 1821 (Ga. Laws 1821, p. 44). Later, portions of Henry County were used to create the following counties: Newton (1821), DeKalb (1822), Butts (1825), Spalding (1851), Clayton (1858), and Rockdale (1870).
Georgia’s 52nd county was named for American Revolutionary patriot Patrick Henry, who is probably best remembered for impassioned “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech.
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|Legal Organ||Henry Daily Herald|
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