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Sumter County

Sumter County is named for Thomas Sumter, who was a Continental leader during the American Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Kershaw County and Lee County 

E – Florence County and Clarendon County

S – Clarendon County and Calhoun County

W – Richland County 

Created:  March 2, 1798                         Map of South Carolina highlighting Sumter County

County Seat: 

Sumter  1798 – present

 

County Courthouse – Sumter  

 

Location:  141 North Main Street / East Canal Street

Built:  1906 – 1907

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  William August Edwards and Franck C Walter of Atlanta, Georgia

Contractor:  Morse DeLeon

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick, limestone, metal and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Sumter. The building has a large porch supported by six large white colored columns. The entrance is recessed with three large arched windows on the second story. A wide white colored header runs along the roof line with a balustrade above. In the interior a long hallway runs east-west on the first story with a nort-south hallwy at the west front. The former courtroom is located along the west side of the second story. The building was renovated from 1963 to 1965 with an addition constructed on the east side. The architect was James & Durant & Associates of Sumter and the contractor was C B Askins Company of Lake City.

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Sumter County Courthouse

 

County Justice Center – Sumter  

 

 

Location:  215 North Harvin Street / East Canal Street

Built:  2011 – 2013

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Stevens & Wilkinson, Inc.

Contractor:  Thompson Turner Construction

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story brick and concret.e structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Sumter to the east of the courthouse. The west front has a projecting portico with entrance on the first story, four high columns and pediment at the roof line. Behind the portico is a large glass wall. Along the south side are three projecting sections with three arches each on the first story and four columns each on the second to third stories. The roof is hipped with flat center section. In the interior the hallways run east-west along the south. On the second story are two County Family Court courtrooms along the north side. On the third story are three County Circuit Court courtrooms along the north side. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Family Court and County Probate Court of the 3rd Judicial Circuit. The County Magistrate Court is located to the east at 190 East Canal Street.

 

See:  The 3rd Judicial Circuit includes Clarendon CountyLee County and Williamsburg County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1798 and Sumter was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of John Gayle. The first courthouse was built in Sumter in 1802 to 1806. The second courthouse was designed by William Jay modeled after Robert Mills and built in 1821. An addition was built in 1848. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1906 to 1907 at a cost of $85,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Sumter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Justice Center – Sumter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court small courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008. 2014 and 2024