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Vance County

Vance County is named for Zebulon Baird Vance, who was a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, twice Governor of North Carolina and a United States Senator.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Mecklenburg County, Virginia

E – Warren County

S – Franklin County

W – Granville County


Created:  May 5, 1881                            Map of North Carolina highlighting Vance County

County Seat: 

Henderson  1881 – present


County Courthouse – Henderson  


Location:  156 Church Street / North Chestnut Street

Built:  1998 – 2000

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Surapon Sujjavannnick. Architect of Apex

Contractor:  R N Rouse & Company, Inc. of Goldsboro


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Henderson. The southwest front has a large circular section with glass walls. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the circular section has a large atrium rising to the top of the second story and star-patterned floor. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 9th Judicial District.


Old County Courthouse – Henderson  



Location:  122 Young Street / North Garnett Street

Built:  1884 – 1885

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  James R Thrower

Contractor:  W R Kivett


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Henderson on the west side of the courthouse. The southwest front has a porch with four columns rising to a pediment above the roof line. In the interior, the former courtroom was located on the second story. The building was remodeled in 1908. The architect was Frank Pierce Milburn of Milburn, Heister, and Company and the contractor was D J Phipps. An addition was added on the west side in 1937. To the southwest is the Henry A Dennis County Office Building houses in the old Post Office (1911).


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


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


History:  The county was created in 1881 and Henderson was selected as the county seat. The first courts met in rented premises in Henderson. In 1884 to 1885, the first courthouse was constructed in Henderson and is still standing. The second and present courthouse was construction in 1998 to 2000.



County Courthouse – Henderson











Old County Courthouse – Henderson











County Office Building – Henderson

Photos taken 2012