Hinds County Courthouse, Raymond

Hinds County Courthouse in Raymond, Mississippi, also known as Raymond Courthouse, was built in 1857. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
The Hinds County Courthouse, built during 1857-1859, is "celebrated as one of the state's finest Greek Revival public buildings". It was built by George and Tom Weldon, an architectural and contracting firm from the Natchez area that also designed the 1858 Old Warren County Courthouse in Vicksburg, 45 miles east, which is a National Historic Landmark. The design of the courthouse is credited to Jackson, a slave who worked as a draftsman for the Weldon brothers and also designed the Old Warren County Courthouse. As was true for many antebellum buildings, the workmen were also skilled slaves."
The Hinds County Courthouse in Raymond, Mississippi was constructed by the famous Weldon Brothers of Woodville, Mississippi in the Greek Revival Style and has been rated by the National Archives of History as one of the ten most perfectly constructed buildings in the United States. The Weldons were Scotch-Irish immigrants and were credited with the design and construction of numerous public and private buildings of the era including the Warren County Courthouse in Vicksburg. The Weldons trained 100 slaves in construction techniques and began construction in 1857 with completion in 1859.
The courthouse is an excellent example of the Greek Revival Style as it was applied to public buildings in the period which dated from 1820 to 1861and was near its end at the time of construction of the Hinds County Courthouse. Among the Building's contemporaries of equal historic importance are the Old State Capitol Building in Jackson, built in 1839, the Mississippi Governor's Mansion, built in 1842, and the Jackson City Hall, built in 1847. Of these four, the Courthouse at Raymond is unique in that its design is attributed to John Jackson, an African-American employed by the Weldons, perhaps, one of the building's most historic features.
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  • Every year I have to go down to this still active courthouse to get my car tag renewed, and I take the kids along to explore. We like the architecture - my four year old thought it was a church at...  more »
  • Instead of wood much of the work in the court room is decorative cast iron--including the bar, judge's bench, table accents, &c. It is definitely not the typical court room. The building itself is.....  more »

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