Bladen County, North Carolina

The "Mother of Counties"

Learning About Bladen County

Bladen County is located in southeastern North Carolina in what is known as the Coastal Plains. It was founded in 1739 and named after Martin Bladen, a member of the Board of Trade. With the abolition of Bath County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became counties. The bordering counties are: Robeson, Cumberland, Sampson, Columbus and Pender.

The Interesting Government of Our County

Want to come meet our 10 County Board of Commissioners? We invite you to attend the regular meetings that are held the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm. The Board of Commissioners work everyday to set the county tax rates, approve the county budget, and establish many of the county's policies. They elect a county manager who oversees all of the departments and policies. Our county manager is Greg Martin. He is pictured below.

Why Come To Our County?

Come visit our beautiful bodies of water such as the Cape Fear River and Singletary Lake. Enjoy group camping in a land of mysterious origins on Singeltary Lake. Go hiking, swimming and camping at Jones Lake State Park. Spend time on one of the last remaining inland river ferries on Elwell Ferry, which crosses the sleepy Cape Fear River!

The Town of Elizabethtown, the County Seat of Bladen County

Government Within Elizabethtown

The town of Elizabethtown was founded in 1773 as the county seat of Bladen County. It is governed by mayor Sylvia Campbell and 6 town council members. Elections for town council and the Mayor occur in staggered terms with terms of 4 years. Town council meets on the first Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m., unless a scheduled meeting falls on a holiday. The council hired town manager Eddie Madden to be responsible for the coordination and oversight of all town-delivered services. He works in the Municipal Administration Building which is located on 805 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337.