photo credit BCHS 

Located in the heart of Downtown Statesboro, the Bulloch County Courthouse and its clock tower have been a staple on the Statesboro skyline since 1894. If you are ever lost, you know when you see the courthouse you are downtown.

The courthouse was built by architects Alexander Bruce and Thomas Henry Morgan with its style reflecting various architectural designs for the time (late 1800s). Those include; Victorian, Queen Anne, Second Empire, and more. 

The current courthouse cost $20,000 to build (including furnishings) with some citizens contributing financially to the construction to the tune of $10-$300 (1894 value). The total contribution citizens offered was $4,360.

In 1897, a clock was installed and has been telling Statesboro the time ever since. A few years later in 1903, iron railings were installed around the courthouse square as means for beautification as well as the planting of trees and grass.

The courthouse had the liking of people outside of Statesboro, including Brooklet, GA resident John Ross who wrote to the Bulloch Times in 1894, “the new courthouse is the most imposing inland structure that I have seen in some time.”

The courthouse had the liking of people outside of Statesboro, including Brooklet, GA resident John Ross who wrote to the Bulloch Times in 1894, “the new courthouse is the most imposing inland structure that I have seen in some time.”

In 1914, the courthouse went under its first significant renovation. The second story was completely renovated and four rooms were added to the first floor. The proposal for this renovation was made back in 1912. Varying renovation projects would occur throughout the decades. 

In the 1960s, the courthouse’s exterior was painted white but later painted back to its original color (like it is today) during a restoration project in the late 1990s. 

During the time the courthouse was being painted, there was a proposal to replace the historic courthouse. A referendum was held on January 27, 1966 to get voter approval of accepting bonds to build a new courthouse. The results of the election were 2,172 AGAINST and FOR 1,945.

Today, the Bulloch County courthouse is still used as a working courthouse that houses a variety of courts. The courthouse square is also an active place for residents to gather for various events throughout the year. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

*All information comes from the book, Statesboro- A Century of Progress 1866-1966*