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Jackson Town

The Jackson Town Hall is located at 100 West Jefferson Street, Jackson, NC 27845; phone: 252-534-3811.

Jackson as Described in 1939 [1]

Jackson, seat of Northampton County, is the market for a cotton, corn, and peanut-growing area. When the first courthouse was built in 1842, the town was known as Northampton courthouse. It was incorporated in 1823 as Jackson, named for Andrew Jackson. In 1831, during the slave insurrection led by Nat Turner in the adjoining county of Southampton, Virginia, North Carolina militia were mobilized at Jackson in readiness for a local slave uprising that did not materialize. It was agreed that the alarm signal would be the firing of a musket. Accidental discharge of a militiaman's gun caused a near panic.

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 from the courthouse. The Bragg House was built in 1835 by Thomas Bragg, Governor of North Carolina from 1855-1859. He was a U.S. Senator and Attorney General of the Confederate States. His grave is located in a family cemetery near the house.

  1. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Program, North Carolina: A Guide to the Old North State, North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development, 1939.

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