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Franklin County

Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1706 to 1790.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Roanoke County and Bedford County

E – Bedford County and Pittsylvania County

S – Henry County and Patrick County

W – Floyd County

 

Created:  October 17, 1785                    Map of Virginia highlighting Franklin County

County Seat: 

Rocky Mount  1785 – present

 

County Courthouse – Rocky Mount 

 

Location:  275 South Main Street / East Court Street

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Beaux Arts and Roman Revival

Architect:  Harvey H Huggins

Contractor:  Roanoke Sheet Metal Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Rocky Mount. The west front has a portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. There are lower north and south wings. On the center of the roof is a square white colored cupola with open section at the top. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 22nd Judicial Circuit. An addition was added on the east side in 1954. The architect was Smithey & Boynton and the contractor was Martin Brothers, Inc. An addition was constructed on the south side in 1989.

 

See: The courthouse is similar to the 1909 Roanoke County courthouse also designed by Harvey H Huggins.

 

See:  The 22nd Judicial Circuit includes Danville and Pittsylvania County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1785 and Rocky Mount was selected as the county seat. The first court met in the home of James Callaway. In 1876 a log structure was erected at Court Street and Main Street. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1831. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1909 to 1910.

 

 

County Courthouse – Rocky Mount 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013