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Stokes County

Stokes County is named for John Stokes, who was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War and who was seriously wounded at the Waxhaw massacre.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Patrick County, Virginia and Henry County, Virginia

E – Rockingham County 

S – Forsyth County

W – Surry County


Created:  1789                                        Map of North Carolina highlighting Stokes County

County Seat: 

Germanton   1790 – 1851

Crawford       1851 – 1852

Danbury        1852 – present


Old County Courthouse – Danbury


Location:  500 North Main Street / Courthouse Circle

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Classical Revival and Beaux Arts

Architect:  Wheeler & Runge of Charlotte

Contractor:  L W Cooper of Charlotte


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Danbury. The south front has a central portico with four tall white colored columns rising to a pediment at the third story. The center section is recessed with projecting sections on the east and west sides. Along the east and west sides are one story wings. On the center of the roof is a high section with three pothole windows and mansard roof. 


See:  The courthouse is very similar in appearance to the old courthouses in Ashe CountyAvery County,  Iredell CountyRandolph County and Wilkes County.


See:  The architect,  Wheeler & Runge of Charlotte, designed courthouses in Ashe County, Avery County, Caldwell CountyRandolph County and Wilkes County.


See:  The contractor, L W Cooper of Charlotte, constructed the courthouse in Ashe County.


County Courthouse – Danbury



Location:  1012 North Main Street / Crestview Drive

Built:  1981 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Fred W Butner Jr. Associates

Contractor:  J H Allen Incorporated


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story white colored concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the northwest of the center of Danbury. The south front has a round tower at the southwest corner. The windows are vertical. The main south entrance is on the second story. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 17th Judicial District. The building is named as the Stokes County Government Center. To the east is the County Administration Building.  The architect was Ramsay, Burgin, Smith Architects Inc. and the contractor was R L Casey Inc. On the west side is the one story Stokes County Sociall Services Building constructed in 1992. The architect was Fred W Butner Jr. Associates and the contractor was Chris D Hilton Construction Company Inc.


See:  The 17th Judicial District includes Caswell County, Rockingham County and Surry County.


History:  The county was created in 1789 and Germanton was selected as the county seat in 1790. The first court met at the home of Gray Bynum in 1789. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1790 in Germanton. In 1849 the county seat was moved to Crawford which became Danbury in 1852. The second courthouse was built in 1851. The third courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1905 and is still standing. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1981 to 1982.



Old County Courthouse – Danbury





















County Courthouse – Danbury









County Administration Building – Danbury





County Social Services Building – Danbury



Photos taken 2012 and 2013