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Freestone County celebrates a century of courthouse history

Posted at 7:11 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 08:11:07-04

FAIRFIELD, TX — Citizens of Freestone County are celebrating a milestone - a century of courthouse history.

There have been four courthouses that have served the county. The first courthouse built in 1851 was described as "Old Shanty."

The second courthouse was completed in 1856 and cost the county $7,830, which today would be almost $217,000.

The third courthouse was finished in 1892 for over $2,200. It was badly damaged by a tornado in 1902 but was still used until a new courthouse was completed in 1921.

Starting at 11 a.m., residents will plant an oak tree and a time capsule will be buried on the courthouse grounds.

There will also be music and Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley will be serving as the courthouse chef.

Free hot dogs and refreshments will be provided. The event will end at 3 p.m.