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The Brick Store and the1st Superior Court Session


Newton County, Georgia is full of interesting historical facts and is a great destination for anyone interested in historic tours.  Here is another video from Blair On The Square about the first Superior Court Session held in the Brick Store in Newton County:

 

When Newton County was first formed in early 1821, the center of the area’s activity was mostly at the Brick Store.  This building, which is still standing, is the oldest brick structure in the entire county.  The Brick Store building served as a general store for the area, a stagecoach stop for travelers, the residence for the building’s owner before becoming the site of the first session of the Newton County Superior Court, held April 15, 1822.

During this first session of the Newton County Superior Court, it was decided to officially situate the courthouse in what is now the city of Covington in Newton County.  Later sessions of the Superior Court set about with the business of running the county and building it up.  These tasks included appointing commissioners, offering land for sale to settlers, ordering and overseeing the layout of roads and bridges, and the construction of public buildings.

Newton County, and the town of Covington, grew around the courthouse and public square that the first session of the Superior Court had designated in that little brick store, making the date of April 15, 1822 truly a moment in time.

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