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Graham in Alamance County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Alamance County Courthouse
 
Alamance County Courthouse Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Jordan, March 6, 2010
1. Alamance County Courthouse Marker
 
Inscription.
Alamance County Courthouse
Built in 1923
to replace the original
1851 brick and stucco
structure

 
Erected by Graham Historic District Commission.
 
Location. 36° 4.169′ N, 79° 24.025′ W. Marker is in Graham, North Carolina, in Alamance County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Elm Street on Main Street. Click for map. The marker is located to the right side of the north steps of the courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: Court Square, Graham NC 27253, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alamance County Confederate Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Graham's First Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); National Bank of Alamance (within shouting distance of this marker); Wrike Drug (within shouting distance of this marker); "Elmhurst" (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Harden House (about 500 feet away); Originally a Wing of the Union Hotel (about 500 feet away); Built to House the Alamance Gleaner (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Graham.
 
Regarding Alamance County Courthouse. Prior to 1849, court for the region
 
Alamance County Courthouse - The North Side Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Jordan, March 6, 2010
2. Alamance County Courthouse - The North Side
The Courthouse and the Confederate Memorial
 
was held at Providence Meeting House on North Main Street, Graham.
The new county of Alamance was formed in 1849, and Graham was named its county seat.

On July 17, 1849, the Alamance County Commissioners voted to spend $8,000 to purchase land and construct a courthouse in the approximate center of the new county, about two miles south of the Providence Church. The courthouse itself was constructed with brick and roofed with either tin, zinc, or copper, and was built with the help of slave labor for $6,400. The original courthouse was remodeled in 1882, 1888 and again in 1889 at a cost of $7,500, adding 2 additional wings and stuccoing the outside of the building.

The current three-story courthouse is a Neo-Classical Revival style building. It was designed by Harry Barton (1876 - 1956) of Greensboro. Barton, a well-known architect of public buildings, including many courthouses across North Carolina.

The courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The current courthouse began construction on November 17, 1923 and opened to the public on November 23, 1924 at a cost of $253,925.82. It has received occasional facelifts since then. The roof received major work in 1996 at a cost of $1.2 million. In 2010-11, the courthouse received a $3+ million major internal facelift with the intent of making the building safer, restoring
 
Alamance County Courthouse - The West Side Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Jordan, March 6, 2010
3. Alamance County Courthouse - The West Side
 
some elements to their original 1924 state, removing asbestos, and repairing major internal damage done to the courthouse over the years.
 
Alamance County Courthouse - The South Side Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Jordan, March 6, 2010
4. Alamance County Courthouse - The South Side
 
 
Alamance County Courthouse Marker - The East Side Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Jordan, March 6, 2010
5. Alamance County Courthouse Marker - The East Side
 
 
The Original Bell From The Alamance County Courthouse Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Jordan, August 26, 2010
6. The Original Bell From The Alamance County Courthouse
The bell is located in the sesquicentennial garden, across the street from the northwest corner of the courthouse.
 
 
The Original Court House Bell Photo, Click for full size
By Paul Jordan, August 26, 2010
7. The Original Court House Bell
Presented to the Citizens of
Alamance County
in memory of
Dr. Clinton S. Crissman
who served as a family physician
1946 - 1992.
Bell on permanent loan by the
Crissman Family of Graham.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 27, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 958 times since then. Last updated on January 26, 2011, by Scott Ward of Graham, North Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 27, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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