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Williamsburg County

Williamsburg County is named for Prince William Augustus, who was the Duke of Cumberland and son of King George II of Great Britain.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Florence County

E – Marion County and Georgetown County

S – Berkeley County

W – Clarendon County


Created:  1785                                        Map of South Carolina highlighting Williamsburg County

County Seat: 

Kingstree  1785 – present


County Courthouse – Kingstree  


Location: 10 Courthouse Square / West Main Street

Built: 1823 – 1824

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Robert Mills of Charleston

Contractor:  Frederick Wesner of Charleston and local labor


Description: The building faces north and is a two story white colored brick and stucco structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Kingstree. The building is a “T” shape with east and west wings on the south side. The building has a porch on the second story with six white colored columns supporting a pediment at the roof. Stairs ascend to the second story on either side of an arched entrance on the first story. In the interior, the hallway on the first story runs north-south with an east-west hallway on the south side. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story with entrance by the north stairs. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 3rd Judicial Circuit. In 1854 to 1856 and addition was designed by P H Hammarskold and built by Peter Hoover, a local house builder. In 1883 fire damaged the second story and the building was restored by 1890. The architect was John K Gourdin and the contractor was Peter Hoover. The building was enlarged by 20 feet in 1901 to 1902. The contractor was W R Funk. The three story addition on the south side was built in 1953 and 1954. The architect was G Thomas Harmon of Columbia and the contractor was General Engineering Corporation of Florence. In 2012 to 2013, the building was renovated. The architect and contractor was GMK Associates, Inc. of Columbia.


See:  The architect, Robert Mills of Charleston, designed courthouses in Colleton CountyEdgefield CountyFairfield CountyGeorgetown County, Horry County, Lancaster County and Marion County.


County Judicial Complex – Kingstree  



Location: 147 West Main Street / Jackson Stret

Built: 1823 – Unknown

Style:  Modern Colonial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description: The building faces north and


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


History:  In 1736, Williamsburg Township was laid out on the Black River. In 1769 it was part of the Georgetown District. The county was created in 1785 and Kingstree was selected as the county seat. The county was reinstated in 1804 and a warehouse was leased from Patrick Cormick for use as the first courthouse. The second and present courthouse was erected in 1823 to 1824.



County Courthouse – Kingstree



















County Circuit Court courtroom





















County Judicial Complex – Kingstree





Photos taken 2008, 2014 and 2024