Franklin County

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Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1706 to 1790.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Vance County and Warren County

E – Halifax County and Nash County

S – Nash County, Johnston County and Wake County 

W – Wake County and Granville County


Created:  April 14, 1778                         Map of North Carolina highlighting Franklin County

County Seat: 

Louisburg  1779 – present


County Courthouse – Louisburg  


Location:  102 South Main Street / East Nash Street

Built:  1849 – 1850

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Richard O Britton and Harry A Taylor

Contractor:  Richard O Britton and Harry A Taylor


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is locared on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The west front has a wide portico with six white colored Roman Doric columns supporting a wide pediment at the roof line. The center section of the building extends outwards and the east side extends also. The roof line is sloped. The building was remodeled in 1936 and 1937. The architect was M S Davis and the contractor was C A Ragland and W H Edens. In 1968, the building was enlarged and remodeled. The architect was Harry J Harles and the contractor was J M Thompson.


Note:  Local tradition holds that the first Confederate flag designed by Orren Randolph Smith of Franklin County was first raised over the courthouse square on March 18, 1861.


History:  The first courthouse was constructed in 1781. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $4,058.75.




County Courthouse – Louisburg






















Photos taken 2012