Alleghany County

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Alleghany County is named for the corruption of the Delaware Native American name for the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers and means “a fine stream”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grayson County, Virginia

E – Surry County 

S – Wilkes County

W – Ashe County 


Created:  1859                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Alleghany County

County Seat: 

Sparta  1859 – present


County Courthouse – Sparta  


Location:  12 South Main Street / Whitehead Street

Built:  1933 – 1934

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Harry Barton of Greensboro

Contractor:  Fowler-Jones Lumber Company


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Sparta. The southwest front has a large portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. A horizontal band runs above the top of the second story windows. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located on the second story.


History:  The first court met in the Shiloh Methodist Church to the west of Sparta. The first courthouse was a wood structure built in Sparta in 1867. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1878. The third courthouse was designed by Wheeler & Runge and constructed by B F Fireproof Construction Company in 1910. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1932. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1933 to 1934 at a cost of $17,000.


County Office Building – Sparta  




Location:  90 South Main Street / Creek Street

Built:  1981 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The recessed entrance is along the east side of the northeast front. The roof line is flat.


County Administration – Sparta  




Location:  348 South Main Street / Grandview Drive

Built:  2005 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hemphill Associates, Inc. of Charlotte

Contractor:  Browning Engineers of Charlotte


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story concrete structure. The main entrance is on the second story of the north front. The building descends a slope on the south side. The roof line is flat. Plumbing was David N Shultz Associates and the electrical was K M Armstrong Associates Inc.




County Courthouse – Sparta



















County Office Building – Sparta







County Administration – Sparta

Photos taken 2012