202 Court Square—Built about 1910 and the only building on the square that features rusticated concrete block. The cast iron columns on the storefront are still visible and were manufactured by Chickasaw Iron Works, Memphis, TN. This was the Lester Winkler Grocery Store, then Jack Wells’s Hardware, the Cashway Grocery Co., and most recently, a beauty shop.
Rather than being formed by intersecting streets, DeWitt’s court square was designed as a continuous street around a public square with one access street in the middle of each block. The northwest, northeast, and southwest corners have unique lots containing buildings with chamfered corner entrances. The town was platted in such a way that people wouldn’t just pass through the downtown and keep going—the courthouse and square would be your final des- tination. This is an extremely rare layout for a court square—I’ve never seen another town like it.