A History of Tyrrell Court House (New), North Carolina

What significant act transpired between 1774 and 1777 in Tyrrell County (other than the American Revolution - no known battles in Tyrrell County) is not currently known to this Author - but, it turned out to be prophetic, whatever it was. In 1777, the Court House was relocated to the east side of the Scuppernong River from its previous location along Kendrick's Creek (now Mackeys Creek). This second court house was situated on J. Pinner's "Colonial Farm."

In 1799, Washington County was created from Tyrrell, and where the first Tyrrell Court House was located (on Kindrick's Creek) was now part of the newly-created Washington County. Doubtful that anyone acting in the 1770s would have foreseen this, but it was fortuitous.

This second town called Tyrrell Court House remained the County Seat from 1777 to 1800, when the new Court House was opened in Elizabeth Town (established in 1793). From all evidence seen to date, the second Tyrrell Court House was very close to Elizabeth Town (within two miles or less). "Why" it was moved has not yet been uncovered by me.

Elizabeth Town was renamed to Columbia in 1801 because there was already a town named Elizabeth Town in Bladen County.



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