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Florence County

Florence County is named for Florence Harllee, who was a daughter of W W Harlle, a president of the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Darlington County and Dillon County

E – Marion County

S – Williamsburg County

W – Clarendon CountySumter County and Lee County


Created:  December 22, 1888                Map of South Carolina highlighting Florence County

County Seat: 

Florence  1888 – present


County Courthouse – Florence  


Location: 180 Irby Street / West N Baroody Street

Built: 1970 – 1972

Style: Modern

Architect: Gill & Wilkins

Contractor:  Dargan Construction Company


Description: The building faces west and is a twelve story concrete and stone structure. The central tower has vertical ridges projecting from the building and vertical window dividers. The north and south wings are three stories and have similar vertical lines. The east and west entrances are glass with vertical pillars. The building also houses the offices of the City of Florence.


County Judicial Center – Florence  



Location: 181 Irby Street / West N Baroody Street

Built: 2016 – 2018

Style: Modern

Architect: Stevens & Wilkinson of Columbia

Contractor:  BE & K Building Group of Greenville


Description: The building faces east  and is a three story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Florence. On the southeast corner is a circular three story tower with entrance on the first story. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the atrium in the tower rises to the top of the third story. Along the south side of the second story is a wide hallway with three County Family Court courtrooms and on the third story is a wide hallway with three County Circuit Court courtrooms. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Family Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 12th Judicial Circuit.


See:  The 12th Judicial Circuit includes Marion County


History:  The county was created in 1888 and Florence was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was designed by Bruce & Morgan and constructed by S Bounds in 1892. The second courthouse was designed by Hopkins & Baker and constructed in 1935 to 1936. The third courthouse was constructed in 1970 to 1972. The Judicial Center was constructed in 2016 to 2018.



County Courthouse – Florence

















County Judicial Center – Florence































County Circuit Court courtroom









Photos taken 2008, 2020 and 2024