Old Courthouse Rededicated On County's 250th Anniversary

Mecklenburg County celebrates 250 years
Published: Feb. 26, 2013 at 11:08 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The front lawn of an uptown landmark offered the surroundings that celebrated a noteworthy anniversary, and a community cornerstone.

One important building that historian Dan Morrill continues to study is the old Mecklenburg County Courthouse. He said, "It is a great example of preservation."

After more than a year of construction, and upgrades from top to bottom, it is the new home for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office.

Harry Jones is the Mecklenburg County Manager who saw the process from start to finish.

"Today we step back on the day of reopening of this court house and reflect on two and half centuries of this county,"Jones said.

It is a small granite and bronze reminder that near Randolph Road and Caswell that marks the spot where court was first held in Mecklenburg County on February 26th 1763…250 years ago today.

By trade, David Erdman is a lawyer, and by trade he is a historian with images of every courthouse connected to our community over the last three centuries.

He said, "There are few towns that I know of that says the court house can was the founding element of the town, but Charlotte can make that claim."

1928 was the year when this building on East Trade and McDowell first opened.

"This remains just an absolutely iconic symbol of local governance in this community, "Morrill said.

It stands a lasting symbol pointing to communities past and present day pride.

The rededication of courthouse kicks off a number of celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Mecklenburg County.

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