Williamsburg County Courthouse – Kingstree, South Carolina


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The Williamsburg County Courthouse is located in downtown Kingstree on Short Street. It is an original Robert Mills design and was built in 1823.

Williamsburg Courthouse Kingstree

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Prior to this location being the site of the courthouse, the land served as parade grounds, according to a 1737 survey. The local militia would muster here during the Revolutionary War.

Williamsburg Court House

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The building has weathered extensive damage and restoration over the years, including a fire in 1883 on the second floor. Not to many years after the courthouse was repaired following the fire, it was enlarged in 1901.

Williamsburg County Courthouse

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From 1953-1954 the courthouse’s interior and exterior was substantially remodeled, but the building still reflects much of Mills’ original vision, despite its many structural changes.

Williamsburg  County Courthouse

Michaele Duke of Kingstree, 2005 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Williamsburg County Courthouse is listed in the National Register as part of the Kingstree Historic District, which says the following:

The Kingstree Historic District contains forty-eight properties situated along Main Street, Academy Street, and Hampton Street in the commercial area of downtown Kingstree. The district includes the courthouse, public library, railroad station, and numerous commercial buildings. The district is a fine collection of nineteenth-century vernacular commercial architecture. Details such as arched doorways and windows, cast-iron columns and pilasters, decorative or corbelled brick work and pressed tin interior ceilings are present on most of the district’s buildings.

The Williamsburg County Courthouse, built ca. 1823, and designed by Robert Mills, is a fine example of Roman Neo-Classical design with its raised first floor, pediment with lunette, and Doric columns. In 1953-54 the courthouse underwent substantial remodeling on the exterior and interior, though it still reflects much of Mill’s original design. With the exception of the courthouse, most of the buildings in the district were built between 1900 and 1920 when Kingstree enjoyed prosperity as a retail and tobacco marketing center of Williamsburg County. The majority of the buildings in the district are a visible record of this twenty-year growth and the historic fabric of the area remains substantially intact.

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Address: 147 West Main Street, Kingstree, SC 29556

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2 Comments about Williamsburg County Courthouse

Richard Gamble PughNo Gravatar says:
September 9th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I would appreciate any information you have on William Belser Gamble, formerly a Williamsburg County Judge. He was my grandfather, whom I never met. My mother was Ruth Erlyne, her brother was John Clyde Gamble, and she had sisters named Ethel, Mamie, Anabelle, et al. Richard Gamble Pugh richardg83@sbcglobal.net

Richard Gamble PughNo Gravatar says:
July 24th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Please, if you can, provide me with any information available on my grandfather, Judge William Belser Gamble. Much appreciated! Richard Gamble Pugh






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