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Person County

Person County is named for Thomas Person, who was an American Revolutionary War patriot.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Halifax County, Virginia

E – Granville County 

S – Durham County and Orange County

W – Caswell County

 

Created:  1791                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Person County

County Seat: 

Roxboro  1792 – present

 

County Courthouse – Roxboro  

 

Location:  120 Court Street / South Main Street

Built:  1930 – 1931

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Charles C Hartmann of Greensboro

Contractor:  George W Kane

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Roxboro. The southeast front has a central entrance on the first story with small pediment above. On the second and third stories are vertical dividers. A projecting cornice runs below the wide top section. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the first story has cross halls. The floor is laid in mosaic squares of multi-colored tiles, and tan colored ceramic bricks line the walls. There are globe light fixtures. The courtroom is located on the second story and has an art-deco flavor evident in the herring-bone patterned ceiling and in the rectilinearity of the window openings. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 9th Judicial District. The courthouse was renovated in 2012. The architect was MHA Works and the contractor was C T Wilson Construction Company.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Person County Courthouse

 

See:  The 9th Judicial District includes Franklin CountyGranville CountyVance County and Warren County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1791 and Roxboro was selected as the county seat. The first court met at Payne’s Tavern in Roxboro. The first courthouse was a log structure erected in 1793. The second courthouse was a frame structure erected in 1810. The third courthouse was a brick structure designed by Lyndon Swain in 1873. The building was demolished. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1930 to 1931.

 

 

County Courthouse – Roxboro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2012