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Dillon County

Dillon County is named for J W Dillon, who was a local booster for the county.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Robeson County, North Carolina

E – Columbus County, North Carolina and Horry County

S – Marion County and Florence County

W – Marlboro County

 

Created:  February 5, 1910                    Map of South Carolina highlighting Dillon County

County Seat: 

Dillon  1910 – present

 

County Courthouse – Dillon 

 

Location:  301 West Main Street / South 3rd Street

Built:  1911 – 1912

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William Augustus Edwards of Darlington

Contractor:  J A Jones.

 

Description: The building faces northeast and is a two story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Dillon. The building has a raised basement as the first story. On the second and third stories is a porch with the entrance recessed with a balcony above and supported by four large Ionic columns with a wide stone and brick header. At the top of the fourth story is a large crest. Vertical stone bands run on either side of the windows. The base of the building is light colored stone. In the interior is a across-axis plan, with central, axial entrances on all four elevations, and the offices in the four quadrants defined by the two axial halls. The floors of the courthouse are terrazzo, while the walls have marble wainscoting. The stairways, at either end of the longitudinal cross-axis, have iron balustrades and marble treads. The large ornate County Circuit Court courtroom is at the center of the third story. The high ceiling extends into the fourth story. The room is enriched by fluted Scamozzi pilasters along all walls, which feature festoons suspended from their volutes. An arcade, behind the pilasters, incorporates the arched windows of the facade and rear elevation. A wooden tabernacle frame, behind the judge’s seat, is in triumphal-arch form. Fluted Scamozzi columns, of dark wood, support an entablature and pediment, and enframe an arch, which bears in its tympanum an allegorical sculpture, consisting of an open book laid over a sword with framing fasces and an olive branch backdrop. There is a small courtroom located in the basement. The building houses the County Circuit Court and County Family Court of the 4th Judicial Circuit. The building was renovated in 1998. The architect was Boykin and Munnerly Architects & Associates and the contractor was Hazelwood Construction Company.  On the west side is the Dillon City Hall which houses the County Probate Court.

 

See:  The architect William August Edwards designed other courthouses in Abbeville CountyCalhoun County,  Darlington County (former), Jasper CountyKershaw County (former), Lee County, Sumter County and York County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Dillon County Courthouse

 

See:  The 4th Judicial Circuit includes Chesterfield CountyDarlington County and Marlboro County

 

History:  The county was created in 1910 and Dillon was selected as the county seat. The courthouse built in 1911 to 1912 is the first and only courthouse erected in the county. The cost of construction was $100,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Dillon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court coutroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008 and 2024