Marion Co. Courthouse will see $5.6M in renovations

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This courthouse built more than 100 years ago is set to take a turn back in time as crews begin to restore it to its original state.

“It’s looked just like this since I was a little kid,” said Marsha Thomas, Jefferson Resident. Thomas’ Great Grandfather Geo Brown was one of the County’s first commissioners. Brown and several other men had the Marion County Courthouse built in 1913.

“It’s had a lot of history. So much has happened over a period of years. All kinds of very famous trials that went on there” said Thomas.

For more than two decades Thomas has witnessed County leaders apply for grants to restore the courthouse. They finally received a 4.6 million dollar grant from the Texas Historical Commissioner’s Courthouse Preservation Program.

The county has saved little by little over the last 20 years to match that fund up to a million dollars,” Leward Lafleur, Marion Co Judge.

County Judge Leward Lefleur says historical sites are treasured in Marion County and he’s proud to preserve another piece of history.

“History here is a very very important part of the knitting of our community. So to say that we’re happy is an understatement,” said Leward.

Construction is set to begin this summer and take 540 days.

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