Rockingham County is named for Charles Watson-Wentworth, who was the 2nd Marquess of Rockingham and a two time Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Created: March 19, 1771
Exeter 1771 – 1997
Brentwood 1997 – present
County Courthouse – Brentwood
Location: 10 Route 125 / S Road
Built: 1994 – 1996
Architect: Bowell White Arnold & Hemberger Partners, Inc.
Contractor: Hutter Construction, Inc.
Description: The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The north front has a large porch supported by two pillars and recessed entrance. Above the porch are large windows. On the east and west are projecting sections rising to peaks. On the south side the building descends a slight slope. The roof line is flat.
Old County Courthouse – Exeter
Location: 9 Front Street / Water Street
Built: 1854 – 1855
Style: Second Empire
Architect: Arthur Gilman
Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building faces onto the town square. The east front has a high portico supported by four columns rising to a balcony on the second story. The building served as the courthouse until 1893 and serves as the City Hall. Across the street to the east is the 1891 Records Building designed by Fox & Gale.
Former County Courthouse – Exeter
Location: 1Hampton Road / Hampton Falls Road
Built: 1964 – 1966
Architect: Maurice E Wilson
Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The center section projects from the main building and has five rectangular windows with concrete header at the roof line. The roof line is flat. The building served as courthouse until 1997.
Other Branch Courthouses
E – Atlantic Ocean
Old County Courthouse
Old Records Building
Photos taken 2014