All across Lowdnes County you can find some lovely Antebellum homes and buildings reminiscent of the old South. WSFA 12 News went and checked out several of the structures including the Courthouse, a building considered a treasure. The Lowndes County Courthouse is one of only four Antebellum courthouses still in use in the state. Today, it's one the county's most prized possessions.
If the walls of the County Courthouse could talk what stories they would tell. Retired District Judge Ted Boseman presided over a number of famous cases in the building. "During the Civil Rights Era there were a few civil rights trial here that were prominent," he says.
The first courthouse in Lowdnes County was built in 1832 in the center of the town's square. The bricks used to build it were all handmade. But after twenty years the courthouse was declared unsafe. "They built another courthouse and then in 1915 they built on to it and put wings on it for office space. Around 1982...they tore the wings off...and built an annex...but tried to keep the old courtroom and courthouse..for historical purposes."
One look at the building and you can feel it's history. The two story structure is made of stucco and wood. Two twin staircases curve up each side to a massive podium base. On the first floor you'll find large windows and vaulted ceilings. " The courtroom is ideal for an old Antebellum courthouse and it's nice that we're able to keep it...i don't know if it's economical to keep it..but it sure is nice," Boseman says.
The Lowdnes County Courthouse now has a place in history. It was place on the National Register of Historical Places in 1969.