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Trenton Town

Trenton Town Hall is located at 119 West Jones Street, Trenton, NC 28585; phone: 252-448-1784.

Beginnings [1]

The townscape of Trenton is in keeping with its history as the small county seat and market town of a farming county, since its founding in 1784. The architectural fabric of the village consists, with the exception of two Carpenter Gothic churches of considerable distinction, of modest vernacular frame dwellings of various periods ranging in a traditional grid from a central brick commercial row. The consistency of small scale and simple details throughout nearly two centuries building, the towering trees hung with Spanish moss, and, perhaps most important, the unique loveliness of the mill pond at the town's boundary. All these combine to make Trenton a little country town of serene and unpretentious charm. The streets were laid out near a large cypress pond which still figures prominently in the townscape. There had been a mill on this pond for many years before the establishment of the town. Title to the mill and pond can be traced back to Anthony Hatch, who obtained it in 1776.

  1. North Carolina Division of Archives and History, Survey and Planning Unit, Trenton Historic District, Jones County, NC, nomination document, 1974, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
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