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Jefferson County Historical Markers

Market House


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Market House
  • Location: U.S. 1 at the old Market in downtown Louisville

MARKET HOUSE

This Market House was built between 1795-1798 as a publicly owned multi-purpose trading house. Louisville newspapers record sales of large tracts, household hoods, town lots and slaves by sheriffs, tax collectors, marshals and people of the community at the market House.

This square became the hub of the transportation routes that centered on Louisville when the State Capital was located here (1794-1807). Although portions of the structure have been replaced, the Market House has never lost its distinctive style.

Inside the Market House hangs a bell that was cast in France for a New Orleans Convent in 1772. The ship carrying the bell was sacked by pirates and the bell was sold in Savannah. It was given to the State Capitol but was used in the market House as a community warning signal.

081-1 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1978 CITY OF LOUISVILLE