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Pender County

Pender County is named for William Dorsey Pender, who was a Confederate soldier mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Duplin County

E – Onslow County 

S – Atlantic Ocean, New Hanover County and Brunswick County

W – Columbus CountyBladen County and Sampson County


Created:  1875                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Pender County

County Seat: 

Burgaw  1877 – present


County Courthouse – Burgaw


Location:  100 West Wright Street / South Walker Street

Built:  1935 – 1936

Style:  Georgian Revival

Architect:  William Henley Dietrick of Raleigh

Contractor:  Goode Construction Company of Charlotte


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Burgaw. The building follows an H-plan with Flemish bond bricks and classical trim. The south front and north side have a one story extension with arch in the center and recessed doorway. The main building rises three stories to a white colored pediment. The windows on the second story have white colored trim. In the center, the building is two stories and is recessed with a two stage white colored cupola on the center of the roof. In the interior, the large County Circuit Court courtroom is located at the center of the second story. There is a gallery at the rear with access from the third story. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 5th Judicial District. The building was renovated from 1986 to 1989. The architect was John Sawyer AIA and the contractor was Jacobs Builders Inc. Renovations were completed in 2010. The architect was Warren Wilson and the contractor was Port City Cuiklders Inc. The courthouse was damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018 and restored by 2021. The architect was LS3P Architects and the contractor is Thompson Construction Group.


County Judicial Annex – Burgaw



Location:  100 South Dickerson Street / West Wilmington Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern Commercial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Burgaw to the northwest of the courthouse. The building is named as the Frances Dawson Basden Judicial Annex. The building housed the court offices during the 2018 to 2021 restoration of the courthouse. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 5th Judicial District.


See:  The 5th Judicial District includes New Hanover County


History:  The county was created in 1875 and Watha was selected as the county seat. The first court met in the home of Mr. Riverbark. In 1877, the county seat was moved to Burgaw. The first courthouse was a two story wood frame house moved to the corner of Wright Street and Freemont Street in 1879 and the courtroom was on the second story. The building was called the Male and Female Academy. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by Lyndon Swaim and built by Ellington, Royster, Smith and Company of Raleigh at a cost of $9,856. Jacob S Allen was the supervisor and A H Paddison manufactured the bricks. The building was used a courthouse, school and community center. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1935 to 1936. The courthouse was restored in 2018 to 2021 at a cost of $4,500,000.



County Courthouse – Burgaw























County Judicial Annex – Burgaw





Photos taken 2008, 2014 and 2024