Harnett County

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Harnett County is named for Cornelius Harnett, who was an American Revolutionary and ad delegate to the Continental Congress.


Created:  February 7, 1855 

County Seat: 

Lillington  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Lillington  


Location:  301 West Cornelius Harnett Boulevard

Built:  2001 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Bill Highsmith and Barry Lamm of Skinner, Lamm and Highsmith of Wilson

Contractor:  C Construction of Tyler, Texas


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a four story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the north of the center of the city. The building is tiered with the north front having a projecting central section with entrance on the first story and large windows on the second and third stories with peaked roof. On either side of the central section are a series of vertical windows. The east and west wings have red colored brick. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed and constructed by Z T Kivett and William May in 1898. The building was encased in a brick veneer exterior in 1959. The architect was Frank S Simpson. In 2000, County officials began looking for a new site so they could replace the old, cramped downtown courthouse located on the northeast corner of Main Street and Front Street. They also wanted to consolidate all county offices in one location.



N – Wake County

E – Johnston County and Sampson County

S – Cumberland County and Moore County

W – Moore County, Lee County and Chatham County 





County Courthouse

























Picture 1894 Courthouse before 1959 remodel







Photos taken 2014