Hometown Spirit: Historic Russell County Courthouse Still Standing Tall

With its well-manicured landscape and wide, bold columns, the historic Russell County Courthouse stands out in the community.

"It's a beautiful building. You can see it from the road or if you stop by and see it. Anytime of day you can see people stop by taking pictures of it," added Restoration Committee President, Chance Corbett.

On the inside hangs an old picture that reads "When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for."

And that's exactly what this community has done; preserved its history.

"It started at one point, the courthouse was in disrepair and the community came together out here and put it back together, raised money and built the courthouse back," added Corbett.

The courthouse was built in 1866.

The same doors people once waited outside of to see the judge, are now open to the public once again, but for a different reason.

"A lot of people have graced the hallways and the rooms in this building. They used to hold court in it and we've got it to a point now where the public get to come and see this and get to rent it for several events," added Corbett.

The building maintains its 1800's style with old pictures of past judges and hardwood floors.

Eventually, the Courthouse Restoration Committee would like to integrate some modern technology.

"We want to eventually put an elevator in it because it's hard to get to the second floor. It's only stairs at this point," said Corbett.

But, for now the building serves as a remnant of history and restoration.

"It's something to be proud of. Something for tourists to come back and look at and something the community as a whole to be proud of," added Corbett.