Wilkes County

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Wilkes County is named for John Wilkes, who was an English radical, journalist and politician.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Ashe CountyAlleghany County and Surry County

E – Surry County and Yadkin County

S – Iredell CountyAlexander County and Caldwell County

W – Caldwell CountyWatauga County and Ashe County


Created:  November 15, 1777                Map of North Carolina highlighting Wilkes County

County Seat: 

Wilkesboro  1777 – present


Old County Courthouse – Wilkesboro  


Location:  NW – East Main Street / North Bridge Street

Built:  1902 – 1903

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Wheeler & Runge of Charlotte and James M McMichael of Wheeler, McMichael and Company

Contractor:  L W Cooper and Company of Charlotte


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Wilkesboro. The south font has a portico with four tall white colored columns rising to a pediment. The third story is recessed with a smaller section above having three round windows and a curved roof. The building is now the Wilkes County Heritage Museum.


See:  The courthouse is very similar in appearance to the old courthouses in Ashe CountyAvery County, Iredell CountyRandolph County and Stokes County.


County Courthouse – Wilkesboro  




Location:  500 Courthouse Drive / South Bridge Street

Built:  2000 – 2001

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  CBSA Architects of Hickory

Contractor:  James R Vannoy and Sons Const. Incof Ashe County


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story gray stone, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the south side of the center of Wilkesboro. The west front has a semi-circular section with open square sections. The roof line is flat.


History:  The first court met at the home of John Brown in 1778. The court moved to the Mulberry Fields Meeting House and the first courthouse was a log structure built at Mulberry Fields ( Wilkesboro ) in 1779. The second courthouse was built in 1830. The third courthouse was constructed in 1902 to 1903. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 2000 to 2001.




Old County Courthouse – Wilkesboro



















County Courthouse – Wilkesboro



















Photos taken 2012