|See a picturesque array of towers, turrets, arches, differing wall surfaces, windows in a variety of sizes and shapes and exuberant ornamental decor.
The old Haralson County courthouse, which has stood proudly in the center of the square in little Buchanan since 1892, epitomizes the Victorian period. The building is Queen Anne in style. It was designed by Bruce and Morgan, whose partnership produced at least eight Georgia courthouses. including several along U.S. 27.
The building now houses the local historical society. The present courthouse, a modern structure, is a half-mile east.
Buchanan is an exception to the general rule that the largest town in the county is also the county seat. When faced with the need to locate a courthouse in a newly established county, commissioners typically chose a central location accessible by horse and wagon in a half-day's time.
While such places often grew to be the dominant trade centers in the county, some like Buchanan did not. Nonetheless, the little town retains much of
the charm long since remodeled away in larger communities.
Nevertheless, they sincerely want to do their best to build strong and enduring relationships with other family historians who are interested in genealogy. Their desire is to be known among our peers everywhere as the premier researchers in this area. Their super nice staff will eagerly assist you and answer any questions you may have. No doubt, this is an interesting place to visit. The library is downstairs and the historic courthouse is upstairs.
Amenities: Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired, Buchanan-Harason County Public Library, and courthouse available to rent for special events.
Free admission and parking.
Although this beautiful historic courthouse is free to visit, it is also available to rent for events. Weddings have been performed here. Some movie parts were filmed here. A rapper made a video here. Also, a man celebrated his 90th birthday here.
Monday through Thursday at 11 am - 6 pm and Saturday at 10 am - 2 pm. Call also visit by calling for an appointment. Closed on Friday and Saturday.
Phone: 770-646-3369 – Address: Courthouse Square, 145 Van Wert St, Buchanan, Georgia 30113 - Directions: From U.S. 27 southbound, take 27 Business Route approximately one mile to Buchanan. The courthouse is in the center of the town square. Historic Haralson County Courthouse Website
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