Wilkes County

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

 

Created:  November 15, 1777

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 structure. 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  

 

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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. The west front has a semi-circular section with open square sections. The roof line is flat.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Ashe County, Alleghany County and Surry County

E – Surry County and Yadkin County

S – Iredell CountyAlexander County and Caldwell County

W – Caldwell CountyWatauga County and Ashe County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2012