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Currituck County

Currituck County is named for the American Indian word for “wild geese” and rendered as “coratnk”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Chesapeake, Virginia and Virginia Beach, Virginia

E – Atlantic Ocean

S – Dare County

W – Camden County


Created:  1739                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Currituck County

County Seat: 

Currituck  1739 – present


Old County Courthouse – Currituck  


Location:  153 Courthouse Road / Caratoke Highway

Built:  1869

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Currituck. The south front front has a red colored brick portico with balcony on the second story. The center section projects slightly from the main building and rises to a wide peak at the roof line. A horizontal belt runs between the first and second stories and along the roof line. In the interior, the former courtroom is located on the second story.  The building was enlarged in 1897 to 1898 with the addition of the second story. The contractor was Saint Louis Art Metal Company. The building was remodeled and a section added at the rear of the building in 1952. The architect was Leslie N Boney of Wilmington. In 1998 and 1999, the building was expanded. The architect was Cederquist Rodriguez Ripley Maddox and the contractor was Virtexco. On the northwest side is the Old County Jail.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Currituck County Courthouse


Note:  To the west of the courthouse is the Old County Jail constructed in 1820. The building is one of the oldest jails in North Carolina. The building is a three bay Jacobean brick two story rectangular structure. The brick walls are thirty-two inches thick.


County Coiurthouse – Currituck  


Location:  2795 Caratoke Highway / Currituck Sound Road

Built:  1996 – 1998

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Cederquist, Rodriguez, Ripley and Maddux of Chesapeake, Virginia

Contractor:  W M Jordan Construction Company of Newport News, Virginia


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the northwest of the old courthouse.  There is a small pond on the west side. The west front has a portico with eight columns forming three arches. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 1st Judicial District. 


See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Camden CountyChowan County, Dare County, Gates CountyPasquotank County and Perquimans County.


History:  In 1668 the county was part of Albemarle County created in 1664. The first courthouse was built by Robert Payton in 1722 to 1723 in the town of Currituck. The county was created in 1739 and Currituck was selected as the county seat. The second courthouse was built in 1742. The third courthouse was built in 1869 and is still standing. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1996 to 1998 at a cost of $4,441,200.






Old County Courthouse – Currituck















Old County Jail – Currituck





Photos taken 2012