Duplin County

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Duplin County is named for Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin, who was the 9th Earl of Kinnoull and who lived from 1710 to 1787.


Created:  April 7, 1750

County Seat: 

Home of William McRae       1750 – 1753

Duplin County Courthouse   1753 – 1785

Kenansville                           1785 – present


County Courthouse – Kenansville


Location:  112 Duplin Street / Front Street

Built:  1911 – 1913

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Oliver Duke Wheeler of Wheeler and Stern of Charlotte

Contractor:  Tatherow & Company of Birmingham, Alabama


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story yellow colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building has a portico supported by four large white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof. On the south, the building projects with stone trimmed entrance and pediment at the roof. On the center of the roof is an octagonal white colored cupola with red colored roof.  An addition was added on the north side in 1959. The architect was Leslie N Boney of Wilmington and the contractor was Godwin Building Company, Inc. In 1979 a further addition was added by Eastern Construction Company and the architect was Leslie N Boney.


Note:  The previous courthouse was built in 1816 and was extensively remodeled in 1848.. On the west side of the courthouse is the three story yellow colored brick Magistrate’s Office which was originally the county jail. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $31,169.



N – Wayne County

E – Lenoir CountyJones County and Onslow County 

S – Pender County and Sampson County

W – Sampson County





County Courthouse
















County Courthouse Annex













Sheriff Residence

Photos taken 2008 and 2014