The Historic Washington County Courthouse

REDEDICATION:

County Judge Marilyn Edwards and Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn would like to invite members of the Washington County Bar Association to celebrate the reopening of the Historic Washington County Courthouse and rededication of the renovated third-floor courtroom.

Washington County Courthouse 2009

The courthouse in 2009

The week of events will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., when the DAR World War I Mural on the second floor of courthouse will be rededicated.

On Friday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m., a celebration of Constitution Day and the Rededication of the Exchange Club Freedom Shrine  will take place  on the first floor of the courthouse. Charles Duell is the organizer of the event, and former Washington County Prosecutor Terry Jones will be the featured speaker

The celebration will culminate on Saturday, Sept. 18.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at  9 a.m and then at 9:30 a.m. members of the bar and public are invited to the restored third-floor courtroom for an on-the-record session of court during which judges and lawyers will recount stories about past events taking place in the courtroom.  At the conclusion of the event, judges and members of the bar will be invited to participate in a group photo in the courtroom, followed by a light reception in the parking lot of the Garrison Building (formerly the Ozark Theater), on College Avenue just north of the Historic Courthouse. Also, the Bank of Fayetteville will be providing hamburgers and hot dogs in the south parking lot for the Courthouse.

The Historic Washington County Courthouse was built in 1904 and 1905 from a design by the noted Arkansas architect Charles L. Thompson. During the last several years, the courthouse has been renovated inside and out.

Washington County Courthouse 1954

The courthouse in 1954.

Part of the renovations included returning the courtroom to its original size. During the late 1940s, the courtroom was divided to create two smaller courtrooms and a gallery overlooking the courtroom was turned into a storage area. The courtroom is now at its original size and the gallery will be reopened to visitors.  Measured by total square footage, including the gallery, the courtroom is believed to be the largest in the State of Arkansas.

More information at the Washington County Courthouse website, created by Charlie Alison. Local history buffs might also be interested in Alison’s Facebook page on Fayetteville history. Click here to become a friend of the page.

Washington County Courthouse 1907

The courthouse in 1907

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