Camden County

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Camden

Camden County is named for Charles Pratt, who was the 1st Earl Camden and who opposed the taxation of the American colonies.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Suffolk, Virginia and Chesapeake, Virginia

E – Currituck County

S – Dare County

W – Pasquotank County

 

Created:  April 8, 1777                           Map of North Carolina highlighting Camden County

County Seat: 

Camden  1777 – present

 

County Courthouse – Camden  

 

Location:  117 North Highway 343 / Highway 158

Built:  1846 – 1847

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The square shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Camden. The northeast front has a large portico with red colored brick pillars on the first story and four white colored Doric columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. Stairs ascend on either side of the front. There are green colored shutters on the large windows. The roof is hipped. The courtroom occupies most of the second story. In 1898 the building was fire proofed. On the south side is a one story addition and on the north side is another one story addition and the County Courthouse Annex. The courthouse was renovated in 1960. The architect was Hagar Smith Design, PA and the contractor was Progressive Contracting Company, Inc. On the south side of the old courthouse is the two story red colored brick jail which was constructed in 1910 by Southwest Jail Builders Company and Stewart Jail Works Company

 

County Courthouse Annex – Camden  

 

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Location:  117 North Highway 343 / Highway 158

Built:  1996 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a one story light red colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Camden next to the courthouse. The northeast front has a one story portico. The roof is hipped. The building is connected to the old courthouse on the south side. The building has one courtroom. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 1st Judicial District. 

 

See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Chowan County, Currituck CountyDare County, Gates CountyPasquotank County and Perquimans County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1777 and Camden was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure built in 1782. The building burned in 1846. The second courthouse was built in 1846 to 1847. A Courthouse Annex was constructed in 1996 to 1997.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Camden

 

 

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County Courthouse Annex – Camden

 

 

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Old County Jail – Camden

 

 

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Photos taken 2012