Hancock County was named in honor of John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Two small frame buildings for county business were built in 1865 in Concord.
A second brick courthouse was built in Concord beginning in 1868. Battles over the county seat brewed for many years. The town of Garner annexed the town of Concord, then Garner businessmen purchased the building site and funded the construction of the courthouse to ensure designation as the county seat.
Today’s brick courthouse, designed by F. W. Kinney in Romanesque style, was completed in 1899. The Hancock County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
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