Lawrence County Courthouse turns 100 next year

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 29, 2007

She’s turning 100, so some civic minded folks are throwing her a birthday party.

Next year, the Lawrence County Courthouse will be 100 years old. A committee is meeting bi-weekly now to make sure the milestone is celebrated with style.

Committee member Virginia Bryant said a celebration at the courthouse is tentatively planned for Sept. 13, 2008.

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“We’re thinking it will be a one-day event but that may change,” she said.

“We’re thinking of tours of the courthouse and we’re hoping officeholders will display archival items pertaining to the courthouse.”

She may have a point about those courthouse tours. Courthouse staff have frequently found out-of-towners wandering around asking questions. Some have been traveling through the area, saw the aging structure with its imposing dome and are enchanted enough to inquire about the interior.

Bryant said another possibility is a reenactment of the Nannie Kelley Wright trial.

Wright, one of the wealthiest women in the world and thought to be the only woman ironmaster, was sued for alimony by her second husband, Gregory Wright, when they divorced in the early 1900s.