This building was originally a courthouse built by Robert Mills in 1824 who was the first native born American to become a professional Architect. Mills studied under Thomas Jefferson. Mills believed public buildings should be fireproof and he designed the downstairs level of the building accordingly with 30 inch thick walls. Mills purposefully designed the building to hold court on the top floor because he believed that people should "look up to the law." Master cabinet maker W. H. Winborne designed the clock and built it of local cypress in 1939. The whole job took three months to complete. The clockworks themselves came from Seth Thomas. Clock and tower cost a little less than $2000.
Cross Third Avenue and continue down Main Street. The next Historic Tour Stop is located on your right by a tree near the theater. Watch for traffic!