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Newberry County Courthouse — Newberry, South Carolina


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The Newberry County Courthouse is located at 1226 College Street in historic downtown Newberry. It was constructed in 1908 and is the fifth courthouse to serve Newberry County.

Newberry County Courthouse

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

This courthouse was built to replace the old courthouse, which was constructed in 1852 and now serves as Newberry’s Community Hall and Chamber of Commerce. Made from red brick and terracotta, the current courthouse was designed in the neoclassical style by famed architect Frank Pierce Milburn. Milburn designed several other historic South Carolina buildings, including the South Carolina State House, the old Anderson County Courthouse, and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston.

Newberry County Courthouse

Natalie Maynor of Jackson, Mississippi, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The courthouse consists of three stories and a basement, and it is marked by Ionic brick columns at its entrance. The building was enlarged in 1938, with a rear addition designed by Columbia architect and Prosperity native Heyward Singley.

The Newberry County Courthouse is listed in the National Register, a part of the Newberry Historic District:

Newberry County was one of six counties created in 1785 from the large district of Ninety-Six. The original plat shows the creation of a public square and by 1801 a small frame courthouse had replaced the first log structure, and the village began to grow up around the town square. Structures on the square include the fourth of five courthouses (ca. 1850) built for the County, the old Newberry Bank, Hotel, the Opera House, and the Confederate Memorial Monument. Three of the “new” buildings were designed by prominent architects: Frank P. Milburn designed the (fifth) Newberry County Courthouse, James Knox Taylor designed the old Newberry Post Office, and Reuben Harrison Hunt designed the Central Methodist Church.

Newberry County Courthouse Info


Address: 1300 Block of College Street at Harrington Street, Newberry, SC 29108
GPS Coordinates: 34.275655,-81.618832

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2 Comments about Newberry County Courthouse

Walter Rice says:
October 6th, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Is there any information on how the community of Jalapa came to be and what is the origin of the name Jalapa?

Dawn says:
June 14th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

The Fedeeral Census in 1870 listed the court house as homeless shelter. Where can I find the records for that listing? My great, great grandmother was 1 year old living at the courthouse. I need more info on her. Why was she placed there. Carrie Jones is her name and she was listed as a pauper.
Help me, I need to know. Is there a paper trail?




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