Chesterfield County

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Chesterfield County is named for Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Union County, North Carolina and Anson County, North Carolina

E – Marlboro County

S – Darlington County and Lee County

W – Kershaw County and Lancaster County


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

County Seat: 

Chesterfield  1785 – present


County Courthouse – Chesterfield 


Location: 200 West Main Street / Mill Street

Built: 1976 – 1977

Style: Modern

Architect:  Witherspoon, Patterson and Knowland

Contractor:  Barger Construction Company, Inc.


Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Chesterfield. The south one story section is solid brick with no windows. On the south wall is a large county seal. The central two story section is higher and extends out towards the east and west wings with glass walls on the south side at the entrances. In the interior, the entrance lobby has a skylight at the top of the second story. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 4th Judicial Circuit.  An addition was added in 2006 to 2007. The architect was Boykin and Munnerlyn of Camden and the contractor was P F and Perry L Mungo, Inc. of Columbia.


Note:  The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $1,000,000. The cost of the 2007 addition was $300,000.


Old County Courthouse – Chesterfield 




Location: 100 East Main Street / Green Street

Built: 1884 – 1885

Style: Victorian

Architect:  Robert Mills of Charleston

Contractor:  Unknown


Description: The building faces south and is a two story reddish colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Chesterfield to the east of the courthouse. The building has a partly enclosed brick portico on the second story, with steps descending on the east and west sides. The first story has a stone framed entrance below the portico. The windows have segmental brick arches. Atop the portico is a pediment. On the center of the roof is a large square white colored cupola with steep roof. In 1935 a brick entrance porch and a two story rear addition were added under the Works Progress Administration. The building now serves as the Visitor Center. Across the street is the old two story red colored brick jail.


See:  The 4th Judicial Circuit includes Darlington County, Dillon County and Marlboro County


History:  The county was created in 1785 and Chesterfield was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1786. The second courthouse was designed by Robert Mills of Charleston and constructed by John Chapman in 1825 to 1829. The courthouse was burned by Union Troops on March 2, 1865. Court was held for a brief time at the residence of David Jackson. The courthouse was rebuilt as the third courthouse in 1884 to 1885 using the plans of Robert Mills. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1976 to 1977.




County Courthouse – Chesterfield



















County Circuit Court courtroom













Old County Courthouse – Chesterfield










Old County Jail – Chesterfield




Photos taken 2008 and 2014