The Northampton County Courthouse (1859) has a facade of tall columns, large windows, and high ceilings. Tradition says Cornwallis stopped at a tavern that stood on a corner diagonally opposite the courthouse.
From: North Carolina - A Guide to the Old North State, 1939. Tour 24, Pg 475
A nearby marker reads as follows:
Northampton County, formed in 1741, was served by other courthouses on this site prior to construction of this building in 1858. At the time Samuel Calvert oversaw the project. Henry King Burgwyn has been credited as architect. Resting atop a high base, this building is one of the few surviving examples in North Carolina of the full-blown Greek Revival temple form. This noble brick structure with ionic portico and columns has become a symbol of Northampton County.
The Courthouse is still in use today and is basically unchanged from the guide book description. Additional buildings have been added to the courthouse square and a Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 1992.