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Old Richmond County Courthouse

  • Also Known As: Old Government House

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Old Richmond County Courthouse or Old Government House, c 1801, is one of the oldest remaining public buildings in Augusta. It was the seat of local government until 1821, when the government sold it to former Mayor Samuel Hale, who converted the public building into an elegant residence. The building was also home to several prominent families during the 1800s including those of Colonel Paul Fitzsimmons, a Charleston shipping magnate; Colonel James Gardner, editor of the Augusta Constitutionalist; and James Gregg, son of the founder of Graniteville Mills. In 1877, the Murphey family bought the property. Dr. Eugene Murphey was a well-known physician and humanist. He and his family owned the home for 75 years. - NPS



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Particulars for Old Richmond County Courthouse:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Historic Use Courthouse
Architectural Style Federal
Architectural Style Greek revival
Criteria Historic Event
Architectural Style Late Victorian
Area of Significance Politics-government
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Social History
Level of Significance State

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 22nd December 1978

Registry Name: Old Richmond County Courthouse
Registry Address: 432 Telfair St.
Registry Number: 78001004
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Late victorian, Greek revival, Federal
Contributing Buildings: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Politics-government, Architecture, Social history
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1800-1824
Significant Year: 1801
Historic Function: Domestic, Government
Historic Sub-Function: Courthouse, Single dwelling
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Organizational Museum

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