Going Inside: Old Warren County Courthouse

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Going Inside post, so today I offer for your Friday enjoyment, the interior of the old Warren County Courthouse in Vicksburg. Now the Old Courthouse Museum, it is worth the $5 entrance fee to walk through, and the exhibits are the old-school kind that I prefer–no glitz, no buttons for me to push, no loud jarring videos, just lots of interesting artifacts and helpful but not overly wordy text.

Here’s a history snippet from the Old Courthouse Museum website:

Construction began in the summer of 1858 on what was then to be a new Court House for Warren County. The building is perched on one of the highest hills in Vicksburg on land given by the family of the city’s founder, Newitt Vick. Contractors were the Weldon Brothers of Rodney, Mississippi, who used 100 highly skilled slave artisans to make the brick and erect the building, which was completed in 1860 for a cost of $100,000. The building stands as an architectural gem and was named one of the 20 most outstanding courthouses in America by the American Institute of Architects. Four porticos, supported by 30 foot Ionic columns flank the entrances. The courtroom on the second floor features a cast iron judge’s dias and railings, and an intricate iron stairway connects the first and second floors.

And if you still want to see a good snow picture, check this one out from the last really big snow, from 2009.



Categories: Antebellum, Architectural Research, Civil War, Cool Old Places, Courthouses, Museums, Vicksburg

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  1. Here are some other photos of the Old Court House Museum…including shots taken in the attic.

    http://www.martykittrell.com/Marty-Kittrell-Portfolio/OCHMold-court-house-museum/i-xfFt4md

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  2. Both the Malvaney and Kittrell photos are outstanding. I particularly like the Kittrell study and especially those with an ethereal quality to them. What a wonderful seemingly original and unaltered structure the old Courthouse is. My Great Grandfather practiced law there in the 1870’s and 1880’s and some of his cases are filed in the basement archives. Thanks for the post.

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  3. The exhibits in this building are Vicksburg’s collective attic of memories. Like each of our memories, things are jumbled in sequence and subject, and not a little messy, dusty and confusing. As ELM writes, it’s most definitely a wonderful place to get lost as you move from room to room on creaky floors. I love it.

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