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Clarendon County

Clarendon County is named for Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, who was one of the Lords Proprietors of the Province of South Carolina.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Sumter County and Florence County

E – Williamsburg County

S – Berkeley County and Orangeburg County

W – Orangeburg County and Calhoun County


Created:  December 19, 1855                Map of South Carolina highlighting Clarendon County

County Seat: 

Manning  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Manning 


Location:  3 West Keitt Street / South Mill Street

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Shand & Lafaye Architects

Contractor:  T Jones Associates.


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Manning. The building has a large portico supported by four large columns rising to a wide brick and stone header. A projecting cornice runs below the roof line. The roof is hipped. In the interior there is a cross hall plan with central octagonal rotunda. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located at the center of the second story. The courtroom has wall paneling, stained glass windows, terrazzo and railing. There is a large lighted ceiling. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 3rd Judicial Circuit. The building was restored in 1969. The architect was James & DuRant, Inc. and Associates of Sumter and the contractor was Boyle Construction Company Ltd. of Sumter. The building was renovated in 2015. The architect was Meaddors, Inc. and the contractor was Mashburn Construction of Columbia. To the south are the County Judicial Center housing the County Family Court at 102 South Mill Street and the County Administration Building housing the County Magistrate Court at 411 Sunset Drive.


See:  The 3rd Judicial Circuit includes Clarendon CountyLee County, Sumter County and Williamsburg County.


History:  The county was created in 1855 and Manning was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in Manning in 1856 to 1858. The second courthouse was built in 1878. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1908 to 1909.



County Courthouse – Manning

















County Circuit Court courtroom

















County Circuit Court small courtroom











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