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Jones County

Jones County is named for Willie Jones, who opposed the ratification of the United States Constitution and declined an invitation to the Constitutional Convention.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lenoir County and Craven County

E – Craven County

S – Carteret County and Onslow County

W – Duplin County and Lenoir County 


Created:  April 14, 1778                          Map of North Carolina highlighting Jones County

County Seat: 

Trent Bridge  1779 – 1784

Trenton          1784 – present


County Courthouse – Trenton 


Location:  101 Market Street / Jones Street

Built:  1938 – 1939

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored Flemish bond brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Trenton. The west front has six vertical pillars with a wide pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a white colored cupola. The courtroom is located at the center of the second story. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 4th Judicial District. The building was constructed under the Works Progress Administration. The building was damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018. On the east side of the building is the old one story brick Old County Jail.


See:  The courthouse is similar to the courthouse constructed in Pamlico County in 1937 to 1938 where the architect was Raymond Fuson and funding was provided under the Works Progress Administration.


See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Duplin County, Onslow County and Sampson County.


History:  The county was created in 1778 and Trenton was selected as the county seat in 1784. The first court was held at the home of Thomas Webber located at Trent Bridge when the county was organized in 1779. The first courthouse, a small brick structure was built in Trenton in 1784. The courthouse was burned during the Civil War. The second courthouse was built in 1868 and burned. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1938 to 1939.


County Office Complex – Trenton 



Location:  418 Highway 58 / Trenton Street

Built:  2004 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Peterson, Eure and Associates of New Bern

Contractor:  Fasco, Incorporated


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a one story dark brown-red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Trenton to the southwest of the courthouse. The building is an L-shaped with a south and west wing. The roof is hipped. The building houses county offices. 



County Courthouse – Trenton







County Superior Court courtroom







Old County Jail – Trenton



County Office Complex – Trenton



Photos taken 2012