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Jasper County

Jasper County is named for William Jasper, who was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hampton County

E – Beaufort County

S – Atlantic Ocean and Chatham County, Georgia

W – Chatham County, Georgia and Effingham County, Georgia

 

Created:  January 30, 1912                    Map of South Carolina highlighting Jasper County

County Seat: 

Ridgeland  1912 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ridgeland 

 

Location:  265 Russell Street / 3rd Avenue

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  William Augustus Edwards of Darlington

Contractor:  C V York

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick, concrete, iron and wood structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Ridgeland. The building has a large portico supported by four large white colored Ionic columns with a pediment above. There is a white colored horizontal band above the second story windows. The roof is hipped with gables on the north and south. In the interior, the first story has a cross-hallway plan dividing the space into four quadrants. At the north side is a double-run stair which ascends to the second story where the large County Circuit Court courtroom occupies most of the floor space. Behind the judge’s bench is a tabernacle frame rising to a pediment. There is a small County Circuit court courtroom on the first story. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Family Court and County Probate Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit. On the west side is the Clementa C Pinckney Government Building.

 

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

 

See:  The 14th Judicial Circuit includes Allendale CountyBeaufort CountyColleton County and Hampton County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Jasper County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1912 and Ridgeland was selected as the county seat. The present courthouse is the first and only courthouse erected in the county.

 

 

County Courthouse – Ridgeland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuitr Court small courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clementa C Pinckney Government Building – Ridgeland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008 and 2024