Bladen County

North Carolina

How Bladen County got its name.

Bladen County was first settled by Highland Scots who came to the Cape Fear Valley in 1734 seeking religious freedom. Once North Carolina's largest county, Bladen received its name, "Mother of Counties," because fifty-five counties have been carved from it.

County Seat.

Its county seat is Elizabethtown The county was created in 1734 as Bladen Precinct and gained county status in 1739.

Board of Commissioners & Town/City Council.

Board of Commissioners : 13


The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meets on the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. Regular meetings are held in the County Commissioners Meeting Room of the Courthouse, located at 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, North Carolina


Town Council : 6


The Town of Elizabethtown is governed by the Town Council which consists of six Council Members and the Mayor.

Tourist Attractions

Jones park and Singletary lake