Marianna was founded in the 1820s and named in honor of Mary Ann Harland, who donated the property for the town site. The 1873 act creating Lee County also designated the centrally located Marianna as the county seat. Marianna’s proximity to the L’Anguille River, which meets the St. Francis and flows into the Mississippi, made it prosperous before the first railroad arrived in 1879. Designed by a Memphis, Tennessee, firm and built by local contractors Jennings and Samuel, the yellow brick and limestone courthouse was set in front of the original 1889 courthouse building in the town square. The 1889 building was later torn down for a one-story addition completed in 1965, which houses the courtroom and county offices. Taller than it is wide, the handsome yet restrained classical detailing on the 1939 building’s exterior combines with the sheer, imposing aspect of the overall composition to make this PWA-funded building even more impressive. In the square facing the courthouse are veterans’ monuments honoring those who served in World War I and subsequent wars.
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Lee County Courthouse
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