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Newberry County

Newberry County is named for the town of Newbury in England, but the exact origin of the name is unknown.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Union County

E – Fairfield County, Richland County and Lexington County

S – Lexington CountySaluda County and Greenwood County

W – Laurens County


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

County Seat: 

Newberry  1785 – present


County Courthouse – Newberry 


Location:  1226 College Street / Martin Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Frank P Milburn & Company, of Washington, DC

Contractor:  George W Warring of Columbia


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Newberry. On the south, west and north are high porticoes supported by four red colored brick columns with pediment above. A white colored cornice follows the roof line. There are white colored panels between the first and second story windows on the portico section of the building. The building houses the County Circuit Cout of the 8th Judicial Circuit. An addition was added to the east side of the building.


See:  The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC.


County Courthouse Annex – Newberry 



Location:  SW – College Street / Martin Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a one story concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of Newberry and was purchased in 1955. The building was a car showroom before being remodeled in 2000.


See:  The 8th Judicial Circuit includes Abbeville CountyGreenwood County and Laurens County.


Old County Courthouse  – Newberry 



Location:  Public Square / Main Street

Built:  1851 – 1852

Style:  Greek  Revival

Architect:  Jacob Graves

Contractor:  John Damron


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story brick and stucco structure. The building sits in the center of the Public Square in the center of Newberry. The bas-relief in the pediment was added by Osborne Wells in 1876 and is an allegorical representation of the “Scales of Justice”, the American eagle which grasps an uprooted Palmetto tree (South Carolina) in an attempt to balance a gamecock and a dove with an olive branch (peace). The north front has six large white columns with a balcony on the second story. The building serves as the Visitor Center.


History:  The county was created in 1785 and Newberry was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log structure built after 1785. The second courthouse was a frame structure built in 1801. The third courthouses was built. The fourth courthouse was built in 1851 to 1852 and is still standing. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908.



County Courthouse – Newberry













County Courthouse Annex – Newberry







Old County Courthouse – Newberry











Photos taken 2008 ans 2020