Chickasaw County is one of ten counties in Mississippi with dual county seats. The Classical Revival courthouse designed by architect R. H. Hunt & Company was built in 1909 (MDAH/HRI). Hunt designed a large number of churches, higher education buildings, pubic facilities, and several courthouses in Mississippi during his prolific career. The yellow sandstone columns frame the main entrance ((Floyd Ingram, Chickasaw Journal, in “Two courthouses, one history in Chickasaw County,” retrieved December 18, 2012 from djournal.com). Two courthouses were established as the county, created in 1836 from the Chickasaw Cession of 1830 (MSGenWeb.org), was separated by the Chuquatonchee Creek and heavy rains prevented travel between Okolona and Houston (Ingram).
The clock chimes hourly, twenty-four hours a day, and the clock tower is topped by a gold-gilded eagle facing east (Ingram). County Clerk Wanda Sweeney said, “…the records only go back to 1870” (Ingram). During the Civil War, the records were loaded onto a wagon for removal–presumably for safe-keeping–and while fleeing the county, the wagon was captured and burned by Union soldiers (Sweeney, as cited in Ingram).