Halifax County Courthouse (North Carolina)

Halifax County Courthouse is a historic county courthouse located at Halifax, Halifax County, North Carolina. It was designed by architects Wheeler & Stern and built in 1909–1910. It is a three-story, tan brick, Classical Revival style building. It has a tetrastyle Corinthian order portico flanked by two-story flat roofed wings and a two-stage cupola atop a shallow mansard roof.[2]

Halifax County Courthouse
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Halifax County Courthouse (North Carolina) is located in North Carolina
Halifax County Courthouse (North Carolina)
Halifax County Courthouse (North Carolina) is located in the United States
Halifax County Courthouse (North Carolina)
Location44 King Street, Halifax, North Carolina
Coordinates36°19′51″N 77°35′22″W / 36.33083°N 77.58944°W / 36.33083; -77.58944Coordinates: 36°19′51″N 77°35′22″W / 36.33083°N 77.58944°W / 36.33083; -77.58944
ArchitectWheeler & Stern
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Late Victorian
MPSNorth Carolina County Courthouses TR
NRHP reference No.79001719[1]
Added to NRHPMay 10, 1979

The first Halifax county courthouse was built in 1759.[3] In 1847, the first courthouse was replaced by a second, which itself was replaced in 1910 by a third courthouse erected on the site of the second courthouse.[3] The 1910 courthouse was the present courthouse in 1938,[3] the same year the famed 1938 photo of the drinking fountain on the county courthouse lawn was taken. A stone marker currently stands on the courthouse lawn where the photographed drinking fountain resided.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Mary Ann Lee and Joe Mobley (n.d.). "North Carolina County Courthouses TR: Halifax County Courthouse" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
  3. ^ a b c Crittenden, Charles Christopher (1938). The historical records of North Carolina. Vol. 2. The North Carolina Historical Commission. p. 235. Retrieved 10 May 2009.