Richmond County

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Richmond County is named for Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond, who was a firm supporter of the American colonists and who advocated removal of British troops.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Stanly County and Montgomery County 

E – Moore CountyHoke County and Scotland County 

S – Marlboro County, South Carolina

W – Anson County


Created:  November 10, 1779                Map of North Carolina highlighting Richmond County

County Seat: 

Richmond County Courthouse  1779 – 1784

Rockingham                              1784 – present


County Courthouse – Rockingham


Location:  114 East Franklin Street / Hancock Street

Built:  1922 – 1923

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Charles Christian Hook of Charlotte

Contractor:  J P Little & Son


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Rockingham. The building has a large porch at the front with six large columns rising to a wide header extending up to a fourth story with windows. The entrance is recessed on the second story. The building descends a hill on the south side and the second story has arched windows. In the interior, the antechamber is open to the second story. The walls are plaster and punctuated by pilasters which carry a three part dentil cornice. There are cross halls and stairs with iron railings. The courtroom is located on the second story. The judge’s bench is ornamented with motifs. There are classical light fixtures and furnishings.An addition was been added on the south side in 1978. The architect was Williams and Associates of Matthews..


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Richmond County Courthouse


County Judicial Center – Rockingham




Location:  105 West Franklin Street / South Lee Street

Built:  2006 – 2009

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Warebonsall Architects

Contractor:  Bordeaux Construction Company


Description:  The building faces north is a four story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Rockingham. The north front has an entrance on the northeast corner with vertical glass windows rising to the fourth story. On the east side are projecting sections. At the top of the building are two horizontal belts. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 16th Judicial District. 


See:  The 16th Judicial District includes Anson CountyRobeson County and Scotland County. 


History:  The county was created in 1779 and Rockingham was selected as the first county seat  in 1780. The first court met in the Presbyterian church near Hitchcock Creek. The first courthouse was erected in Rockingham in 1784. The second courthouse was built in 1845 and burned in 1888. The third courthouse was a brick structure built in 1889. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1922 to 1924. The County Judicial Center was constructed in 2006 to 2009.


County Administration Building – Rockingham




Location:  125 South Hancock Street / Franklin Street

Built:  1934 – 1935

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Louis A Simon

Contractor:  George O Von Nerta.


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Rockingham. The building has three entrance doorways divided by brick dividers topped by white colored stone which forms a horizontal band across the building. The building is the former Post Office.




County Courthouse – Rockingham






















County Judicial Center – Rockingham













County Administration Building – Rockingham







Photos taken 2008 and 2014