Davidson County

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Davidson County is named for William Lee Davidson, was an American Revolutionary War general and who was mortally wounded at Cowan’s Ford.


Created:  December 9, 1822 

County Seat: 

Lexington  1822 – present


Old County Courthouse – Lexington  


Location:  2 South Main Street / Center Street

Built:  1857 – 1858

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William Ashley

Contractor:  George Dudley


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story gray colored brick structure. The building is located on the square in the downtown of Lexington. The southeast front has a large porch with six columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. Above is a square white colored wood cupola with clock. The building was restored in 1867. The building is now the Davidson County Historical Museum.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1822. The second courthouse is considered the finest constructed in the antebellum period. The courthouse interior was burned by Union troops during the Civil War in 1865 and rebuilt in 1867.


County Courthouse – Lexington  




Location:  110 West Center Street / Vance Circle

Built:  1957 – 1958

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Echols – Sparger & Associates

Contractor:  Wagoner Construction Company.


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story gray colored concrete structure. The southwest front has as a central recessed entrance on the second story. On the north side are vertical dividers and on the south side is a clock. The first story is entered on the north side. The roof line was flat. In 2019 an addition is being constructed. The architect was Ramsay Burgin Smith Architects and the contractor was Barnhill Construction Company of Raleigh.



N – Forsyth County

E – Guilford County  and Randolph County

S – Montgomery County

W – Rowan County and Davie County





Old County Courthouse – Lexington






















County Courthouse – Lexington










Photos taken 2012