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WILSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Floresville, Texas

Wilson County has had two courthouses:
1872 and 1884

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Wilson county courthouse, Floresville Texas
"Wilson County courthouse front view. The 1887 Wilson County jail, which is now a museum, is on the bottom left side of this photo." - Terry Jeanson, August, 2008

The Present Wilson County Courthouse
- Floresville, Texas

Date - 1884
Architect - Alfred Giles
Style - Second Empire / Italianate
Material - Brick plastered over in 1936

Historical Marker:

Wilson County Courthouse

Constructed in 1884, this courthouse replaced one built soon after Floresville was chosen Wilson County seat in 1871. Designed by noted San Antonio architect Alfred Giles, this Italianate structure was constructed of bricks made in a local brickyard. It features entry pavilions supported on Doric columns, a bracketed cornice along the roofline, and a noteworthy central tower with steeple.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1984
1884Wilson county courthouse, Floresville Texas
The 1884 Wilson county courthouse today
A rear attached addition was built in 1986

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, August, 2008
Update:
"The Wilson County courthouse has been evacuated after engineers found the building to be unsafe. A report on our local news showed courthouse employees talking about a sinking upper floor and debris falling on the lower floor. The outer walls have cracks all the way down to the foundation and one of the walls is bowing outwards. Further engineering analysis will determine the cost of repairs, but I believe an historical restoration will be the final solution. Like the Kennedy County courthouse in Sarita, I'm thinking that the area between the outer stucco and the interior brick is full of mold and destroying the brick.

The building has been fenced off, but Floresville is still planning to have their annual Peanut Festival on the courthouse square this weekend." - Terry Jeanson, October 03, 2011
Wilson County Courthouse, Floresville Texas 1939
Wilson County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy of TXDoT
Floresville Texas Wilson County courthouse old postcard
Same view of the Wilson County Courthouse in 1912
Photo courtesy of THC
Wilson county courthouse, Floresville Texas
Another view of the 1884 Wilson county courthouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2005
Wilson County courthouse tower Floresville Texas
Wilson County Courthouse tower
TE photo, 2-02
Goddess of Justice, Floresville, Texas
Goddess of Justice
TE photo, 2-02
Wilson county courthouse front entrance to staircase, Floresville Texas
Wilson county courthouse front entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, August, 2008
Wilson county courthouse district courtroom, Floresville Texas
The centrally-located district courtroom on the second floor
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, August, 2008
1884 Wilson county courthouse cornerstone, Floresville Texas
"The Wilson County courthouse has two cornerstones, one on each side of the front portico." - Terry Jeanson, August, 2008
Wilson county courthouse cornerstone, Floresville Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, August, 2008
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Ghosts of Wilson County
by Lois Zook Wauson

Most buildings around 100 years old have certainly got some ghosts stories passed down through the years... In a building as old as the county courthouse, I knew there were bound to be people who knew something. I was right. I interviewed one person about a ghost sighted in the courtroom upstairs... more

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