The Historic DeKalb Courthouse is known for its classic architectural styling.
Photo: Casey Sykes
Photo: Casey Sykes

Ever wanted to tour the historic DeKalb courthouse? Here’s your chance

It’s a landmark of downtown Decatur, but have you ever wondered what’s inside it?

This summer, the DeKalb History Center is offering walking tours of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, detailing the architectural styling of the building as well as its complete history in relation to Decatur Square.

Visitors will be able to go “behind the scenes” and climb up to the attic to see courthouse’s clock face from the inside, the history center said.

Tours will be offered at noon on every other Tuesday starting June 4 and continuing through August. They cost $5 for history center members and $10 for non-members.


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The first county courthouse was build on the land in 1823, but it was demolished and several other structures replaced it over the years. The historic courthouse as it stands now was built in 1918.

A Confederate monument was built in front of the building in 1908 and continues to generate conversation and controversy today.

The old courthouse now houses the history center and the DeKalb History Museum, and serves as an event space and venue.

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