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Laurens County

Laurens County is named for Henry Laurens, who was the president of the Continental Congress.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Spartanburg County and Union County

E – Newberry County

S – Greenwood County and Abbeville County

W – Anderson County and Greenville County


Created:  March 2, 1785                         Map of South Carolina highlighting Laurens County

County Seat: 

Laurens  1785 – present


County Courthouse – Laurens 


Location:  Public Square / South Street

Built:  1838 – 1839

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Dr. John Wells Simpson

Contractor:  Thomas C Veal


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story white colored stucco and brick structure. Located in the center of the Public Square in the center of Laurens, the building has a portico supported by four large columns on the south and north sides. Staircases ascend to the second story entrances. The building has narrow vertical windows. An addition was added in 1857. In 1911, a further addition was added. The architect was Ten Eyck Brown and Proffitt & Hampton. An addition was added in 1940.


County Judicial Center – Laurens 



Location:  100 Hillcrest Square / Spring Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story stucco and concrete structure. The building is located next to the Barksdale Square Shopping Center to the northwest of the center of Laurens. The center section has two one story porticoes with peaked roof and clock behind. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 8th Judicial Circuit and is named as the Laurens County Judicial Center. 


See:  The 8th Judicial Circuit includes Abbeville County, Greenwood County and Newberry County.


History:  The county was created in 1785 and Laurens was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of John Rodgers in 1875. The first courthouse was a wood structure built in Laurens in 1785. The second courthouses was built in 1792. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1838 to 1839. The County Judicial Center now contains the court facilities.



County Courthouse – Laurens















County Judicial Center – Laurens









Photos taken 2008 and 2020