Courthouses of Georgia

Text by George Justice

Association County Commissioners of Georgia

Photographs by Greg Newington

Title Details

Pages: 368

Formats

Hardcover

Pub Date: 10/15/2014

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4688-5

List Price: $34.95

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Published with the generous support of Georgia Humanities

Courthouses of Georgia

Text by George Justice

Association County Commissioners of Georgia

Photographs by Greg Newington

A visually stunning and fact-filled tribute to Georgia's "temples of justice"

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The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better-known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

In Courthouses of Georgia, internationally recognized photographer Greg Newington captures the prominence and character of these great structures. His images pay tribute to the community's investment in preserving historic courthouses for future generations and celebrate new facilities designed to accommodate expanded county programs and services, keeping pace with the state's tremendous growth.

Courthouses of Georgia commemorates the centennial anniversary of Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), Georgia's county government association. In his introduction to this lavishly illustrated book, former Georgia House of Representatives majority leader Larry Walker shares memories of county courthouses by legislators, authors, judges, and other notable state figures, and historian George Justice highlights the proud civic and architectural heritage of each structure to provide additional context. Organized by the nine travel regions of Georgia, the book offers the perfect starting point for touring any of Georgia's counties and instills an appreciation for historic preservation.

The courthouse is where couples are married and where divorces are granted. It's where bought land is registered and where lawsuits over 'family inherited land' are settled. It's where one gets a gun permit and it's where murder trials are held. When there is a birth, a record is made, and when there is a death someone registers that also, often in the same office. The courthouse is where one pays taxes and where one might be ordered to pay other debts to society. . . . This is what this book is all about. It's for us to look, see, and remember: memories good and bad, history laudable and shameful.

—Larry Walker, from the introduction

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares. ACCG, Georgia's county association, pays tribute to these recognized local landmarks in a vibrant new photography book, Courthouses of Georgia. Organized by the nine travel regions of Georgia, the book offers the perfect starting point for touring any of Georgia's counties and instills an appreciation for historic preservation.

—Covington News

Even if you have to give Courthouses of Georgia to yourself this holiday season, you'll want this heirloom-quality book to pass along to future generations of your family.

—Dink NeSmith, Athens Banner-Herald

[B]eautiful and informative reference source.

—Library Journal (Best Reference of 2014)

This is a delightful book for history buffs, fans of historic preservation and anyone interested in Georgia History.

—Melissa Tufts, Northeast Georgia Living

Winner

Achievement Award, National Association of Counties

Short-listed

Georgia Author of the Year Awards, Georgia Writers Association

Winner

Award for Advocacy, Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council

About the Author/Editor

GREG NEWINGTON is a fine art and commercial photographer with a studio in the Serenbe Community in south Fulton County, Georgia. Newington was previously the director of photography for Fairfax Business Media Group, Sydney, Australia, and the photography editor for the Australian daily broadsheet. His photographs have appeared in more than three hundred publications worldwide.