Surry County

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Surry County is named for Surrey County in England, which was the birthplace of Governor William Tyron.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grayson County, Virginia and Carroll County, Virginia

E – Stokes County 

S – Yadkin County and Wilkes County

W – Wilkes County and Alleghany County

 

Created:  April 14, 1771                         Map of North Carolina highlighting Surry County

County Seat: 

Richmond  1771 – 1792

Rockford    1792 – 1853

Dobson      1853 – present

 

County Courthouse – Dobson

 

Location:  114 West Aikins Street / North Main Street

Built:  1916 – 1917

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Harry Baton and Raleigh James Hughes

Contractor:  Longest & Tessier Company out of Greensboro

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Dobson. The north front has a projecting center section with entrance on the first story. A wide band runs below the flat roof line. There are lower east and west wings which were added in 1971.

 

County Justice Center – Dobson

 

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Location:  201 East Kapp Street / North Main Street

Built:  2000 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Martin, Boal, Anthony & Johnson

Contractor:  John S Clark Company, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff and red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Dobson. The south front projects from the main building and id buff colored brick with a high vertical window on the second and third stories. The southwest and southeast corners are red brick. The roof line is flat. Along the west side of the building is a two story red colored brick County Office constructed in 1953.

 

Old County Courthouse – Rockford

 

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Location:  Old Rockford road / Willow Bend  Way

Built:  1830

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The  building is located on landscaped grounds in Rockford, The square shaped building has a hipped roof. The building sits on a low hill and is a private residence. The building served as the courthouse until 1853 when the county seat was moved to Dobson.

 

History:  The first court met at the home of Gigion Wright. The first courthouse was built at Richmond in 1774 which became the county seat in 1779. The county seat was moved to Rockford in 1792. The court met at the home of Richard Horne, two miles east of Rockford. The second courthouse was built in 1790. The third courthouse was built in 1830 and was used until 1853. The building is still standing. The county seat was moved to Dobson in 1853 and the fourth courthouse was built in 1855. The fifth courthouse was constructed in 1916 to 1917. The Justice Center was constructed in 2000 to 2002.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Dobson

 

 

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County Office – Dobson

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Rockford

 

 

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Photos taken 2012