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Pitt County

Pitt County is named for William Pitt, who was the 1st Earl of Chatham, Secretary of State during the French and Indian Wars and was later the Prime Minister of Great Britain.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wilson CountyEdgecombe County and Martin County

E – Beaufort County

S – Craven County

W – Lenoir County and Greene County


Created:  1760                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Pitt County

County Seat: 

Greenville  1761 – present


County Courthouse – Greenville 


Location:  100 West 3rd Street / Evans Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Milburn, Hester & Company

Contractor:  Central Carolina Construction Company of Greensboro


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Greenville. The building rests on an ashlar base. The south front has a large portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square cupola with clock and dome at the top. The roof is hipped. In the interior, a transverse hall divides the first story. At either ends are staircases with iron railings.  There are terrazzo floors and marble wainscoting. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 3rd Judicial District. A large addition was built on the east side in 1965. A further addition was constructed in 1999 on the north side.


See:  The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Pitt County Courthouse


See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Carteret County, Craven County and Pamlico County


History:  The county was created in 1760 and Greenville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse from 1761 to 1774 was the log home of Colonel John Hardee located three miles east of Greenville at Log Town. The second courthouse was built in 1775 at Evans and Third streets in Greenville. The third courthouse was built in 1834 and was burned in 1858. The fourth courthouse was designed by Edmund George E Lind and built in 1858 to 1877 and was destroyed by fire on February 24, 1910. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1910 to 1911 at a cost of $100,000.



County Courthouse – Greenville

















Photos taken 2012