As many folks are aware, Coffee County’s historic Courthouse is desperately in need of some significant repairs to windows, doors, and other areas, and needs a central air conditioning/heating unit installed on the first floor, with removal of small window units that are damaging the windowsills.
In an effort to assist with the cost of repairs to the county, Coffee County Historical Society is making available Courthouse replica keepsakes for a $20 donation to the “Save the Courthouse” fund. (Please add $3.50 shipping if keepsake is to be mailed.) These beautiful keepsakes are 6 x 5 inches in size, made of wood, with a perfectly detailed full-color replica of the courthouse on the front and the courthouse history on the reverse side. It is hoped that everyone will support this funding effort by collecting or gifting these precious collectibles as a proud and perfect memento of our historic past.
The historic building was constructed in 1871 to replace an earlier courthouse that burned in 1870. It is among the last remaining Victorian-era courthouses in Tennessee and is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It has been remodeled several times, but has kept its beautiful Italianate style, featuring a rectangular plan with a fairly low roof and overhanging eaves supported by heavy double brackets. Doorways and windows on all sides are rounded and surrounded by ornamental hood moldings.
The keepsakes can be obtained from the Coffee County Historical Society office in the courthouse on the square any Wednesday or Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information, contact 931-728-0145 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information:
Pat Berges, 931-728-5899