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Brunswick County

Brunswick County is named for the colonial port of Brunswick which is now in ruins which town was named for the Duchy of Brunswick-Luneburg at the time held by the British Kings of the House of Hanover.


Surrounding County Courthouses:

N – Pender County and New Hanover County

E – New Hanover County

S – Atlantic Ocean and Horry County, South Carolina

W – Columbus County 


Created:  January 30, 1764                    Map of North Carolina highlighting Brunswick County

County Seat: 

Brunswick                     1764 – 1779

Lockwood Folly River   1779 – 1808

Southport                      1808 – 1978

Bolivia                           1978 – present


County Courthouse – Bolivia


Location:  310 Government Center Drive / Old Ocean Highway East

Built:  2000 – 2001

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Freeman White Inc. and Ware Bonsall Architects

Contractor:  Barnhill Contracting Company


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story structural steel, concrete and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the south of the center of Bolivia and is part of the County Government Complex developed in 1978. The northeast front has a large portico supported by four large columns rising to a wide header above the recessed third story. The outside third story windows have small balconies. The base of the building is polished stone. The interior has a grand staircase rising to the second story and five courtrooms. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 13th Judicial District. The building is was expanded in 2019 to 2020 with construction of a three story building on the north end of the courthouse. The architect is Sawyer Sherwood & Associate Architecture and the contractor is Montieth Construction Corporation and Barnhill Contracting Company.


County Administration Building – Bolivia



Location:  30 Government Center Drive / Old Ocean Highway East

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a three story structural steel concrete and stone structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the south of the center of Bolivia and is part of the County Government Complex developed in 1978. The southeast front has a high rectangular concrete section on the south side with large recessed black colored glass. The windows are horizontal. A one story cream colored concrete section runs north along the front with recessed windows. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the David R Sandifer County Administration Building.


Old County Courthouse – Southport



Location:  201 East Moore Street / Davis Street

Built:  1844 – 1845

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  A J Robbins

Contractor:  W D Morrel


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story stone and cream colored stucco structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Southport. On the south front is a one story brick portico. The entrance door has a fan-light above. The roof is hipped and has an open bell tower. . In the interior, there is a corridor dividing the first story. The former courtroom is located on the second story. The building serves as the Southport City Hall. The building was remodeled in 1922. To the northeast is the old two story red colored brick jail built in 1904.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Brunswick County Courthouse


See:  The 13th Judicial District includes Bladen County and Columbus County.


History:  The county was created in 1764 and Brunswick was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was erected in 1764. The county seat was moved to Lockwood Folly River in 1779 and then moved to Southport (Smithfield) in 1808. The second courthouse, a wood on brick structure, was built in 1809. The third courthouse was built in 1842 to 1844 and is still standing. The county seat was moved to Bolivia in 1978 and the County Government Complex was constructed. The third and present courthouse was constructed in Bolivia in 2000 to 2001.



County Courthouse – Bolivia
















County Administration Building – Bolivia







Old County Courthouse – Southport











Old County Jail – Southport

Photos taken 2008 and 2024