Brunswick County

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Brunswick County is named for the colonial port of Brunswick which is now in ruins which town was named for the Duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg at the time held by the British Kings of the House of Hanover.


Surrounding County Courthouses:

N – Pender County and New Hanover County

E – New Hanover County

S – Atlantic Ocean and Horry County, South Carolina

W – Columbus County 


Created:  January 30, 1764                    Map of North Carolina highlighting Brunswick County

County Seat: 

Brunswick                     1764 – 1779

Lockwood Folly River   1779 – 1808

Southport                      1808 – 1978

Bolivia                           1978 – present


County Courthouse – Bolivia


Location:  310 Government Center Drive / Old Ocean Highway East

Built:  2000 – 2001

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Freeman White Inc. and Ware Bonsall Architects

Contractor:  Barnhill Contracting Company


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story structural steel, concrete and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the south of the center of Bolvia and is part of the County Government Complex developed in 1878. The northeast front has a large portico supported by four large columns rising to a wide header above the recessed third story. The outside third story windows have small balconies. The base of the building is polished stone. The roof line is flat. The interior has a grand staircase rising to the second story and five courtrooms. The building is to be expanded in 2019 to 2020. The architect is Sawyer Sherwood & Associate Architecture and the contractor is Barnhill Contracting Company.


Old County Courthouse – Southport




Location:  201 East Moore Street / Davis Street

Built:  1844 – 1845

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  A J Robbins

Contractor:  W D Morrel


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story stone and cream colored stucco structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Southport. The south front has a central entrance with large one story porch. The building has a hipped roof with a small open bell tower. An addition was added on the north side of the building. The building was remodeled in 1922. The building serves as the Southport City Hall. To the northeast is the old two story red colored brick jail built in 1904.


History:  The first courthouse was erected at Brunswick in 1764. Smithfield ( Southport ) became the county seat in 1808 and the second courthouse, a wood on brick structure, was built in 1809. The third courthouse was built in 1842 to 1844. And is still standing. The county seat was moved to Bolivia in 1978 and the County Government Complex was constructed. The third and present courthouse was constructed in Bolivia in 2000 to 2001.




County Courthouse – Bolivia
















Old County Courthouse – Southport
















Old County Jail – Southport

Photos taken 2008