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The original Barnwell County Courthouse was built in 1789 in neighboring Boiling Springs (not to be confused with the Spartanburg County town by the same name). A subsequent courthouse was built on this site in 1800 after Barnwell became the county seat.

Barnwell County Court House SC

Melissa Roberts of Barnwell, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Two more buildings followed in 1819 and 1848. The latter was burned by Federal troops during the Civil War in 1865, and afterwards court was held in Barnwell Presbyterian Church until 1869.

Barnwell Court House Marker

Melissa Roberts of Barnwell, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

At that time the county seat was moved to nearby Blackville. However, Barnwell regained the county seat in 1874, and the church again housed the courts until 1878, when construction began on the current courthouse.

Barnwell Courthouse Marker

Melissa Roberts of Barnwell, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

This courthouse – the fourth and final to be built on this site – was completed in 1879. Additions were made to the building in 1901 and in 1921 to create two fireproof repositories for court records.

Barnwell Court House

Mike Stroud of Bluffton, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The white plaster was added by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. Prior to this exterior renovation, the courthouse was red brick.

Barnwell County Courthouse Grounds

Melissa Roberts of Barnwell, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The sundial that sits on the courthouse grounds was a gift from South Carolina senator J.D. Allen, given in 1858.

Barnwell County Court House And Sundial

Melissa Roberts of Barnwell, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Barnwell County Courthouse Info

Address: 141 Main Street, Barnwell, SC 29812
GPS Coordinates: 33.243689,-81.364951

Barnwell County Courthouse Map

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