Watauga County

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Watauga County is named for the Watauga River, which name came from the Native American word meaning “beautiful water”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Johnson County, Tennessee and Ashe County 

E – Ashe County and Wilkes County

S – Caldwell County

W – Avery County and  Johnson County, Tennessee


Created:  1849                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Watauga County

County Seat: 

Boone  1849 – present


County Courthouse – Boone


Location:  842 West King Street / Water Street

Built:  1967 – 1968

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Coffey & Annas

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of the city. The south front has a central recessed entrance on the first story. There are four sets of three windows. The roof line is flat. The front addition was completed in 1982. The building was renovated in 2005 to 2006. The architect was Hemphill Associates, Inc. of Charlotte and the contractor was Browning Engineers of Charlotte. The current courthouse complex also includes a WPA-funded building as part of its annex. The WPA building was completed in 1939 and housed the Watauga County Library from 1946 through 1997.


History:  The first court met at the home of George Council. The first courthouse was a brick structure erected in 1850 and was burned in 1873. The second courthouse was a rectangular brick structure built in 1874 at the northwest corner of King and Water Streets. The third courthouse was designed by Wheeler & Runge and constructed by L W Cooper in 1904. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 2005 to 2006.


County Administration – Boone




Location:  814 West King Street / Water Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story structure. The south front has a one story portico supported by four columns. The roof is hipped.




County Courthouse – Boone










County Administration – Boone




Photos taken 2012