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Anderson County

Anderson County is named for Robert Anderson, who was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oconee County and Pickens County

E – Greenville County and Laurens County

S – Abbeville County

W – Elbert County, Georgia and Hart County, Georgia


Created:  December 26, 1826                Map of South Carolina highlighting Anderson County

County Seat: 

Anderson  1826 – present


Old County Courthouse – Anderson 


Location:  101 South Main Street / East Whitner Street

Built:  1897 – 1898

Style:  Victorian and Romanesque

Architect:  Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC

Contractor:  W D Carson


Description:  The building faces west and  is a two story buff colored brick, stone  and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of Anderson. The west front has a high square brick tower with three arched windows on the third story and clock at the top. The base of the building is stone. The building has a red colored title roof. The building houses the County Circuit Cout of the 10th Judicial Circuit. During construction, W P Snelgrove was the supervisor. An addition was added on the east side in 1939 to 1940. The building was renovated in 1992.


See:  The 10th Judicial Circuit includes Oconee County.


History:  The county was created in 1826 and Anderson was selected as the county seat. The bell in the bell tower was cast in 1856 at Troy, North Carolina and was previously in the first courthouse constructed in 1828. The second courthouse was constructed in 1897 to 1898. In 2000, an electronic carillon was installed in the bell tower. The courthouse construction was $26,000 and the plans from the Forsyth, North Carolina Courthouse were purchased for $50. The Wilkes County, Georgia, courthouse used the same plans.. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1989 to 1991.


See:  The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC.


 County Courthouse – Anderson 



Location:  100 South Main Street / West Whitner Street

Built:  1989 – 1991

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Frank J Clark of F J Clark, Inc.

Contractor:  M B Kahn Construction Company Inc.


Description:  The building faces east and  is a four story red and pink colored stone, glass and concrete structure. The building faces onto Courthouse Square in the center of Anderson. The building is tiered with the highest point being above the central entrance. The central entrance projects from the main building and has a large concrete portico rising to the third story and with recessed entrance. The roof is sloped.



Old County Courthouse – Anderson











County Courthouse – Anderson













Photos taken 2008 and 2013