Old Lincoln County Courthouse
Lincolnton, North Carolina
The Old Lincoln County Courthouse is an iconic presence in Court Square, serving as the fifth courthouse in Lincoln County's history, and the fourth on this particular site. The decision to establish the second Lincoln County courthouse within Court Square, originally named the Public Square, coincided with the town's charter in 1785. While construction was completed in 1789, the interior remained unfinished until the mid-1790s. By 1798, a jail, stocks, and a whipping post adorned the south lawn.
The second courthouse was eventually replaced by a brick-built courthouse in 1809, accompanied by a jail in 1816 on the South Lawn. In 1853, courthouse number four replaced its predecessor, only to be superseded once again by the present courthouse in 1921. This fifth iteration, designed by Raleigh architect James A. Salter, proudly graces the town center. It's a three-story, ashlar stone structure, embodying the Classical Revival style. In 1979, it gained recognition by being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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