Colleton County

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Colleton County is named for John Colleton, who was one of the Lords Proprietors of the Province of Carolina.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bamberg County and Orangeburg County

E – Dorchester County and Charleston County

S – Atlantic Ocean

W – Beaufort County and Hampton County


Created:  1800                                        Map of South Carolina highlighting Colleton County

County Seat: 

Jacksonboro  1800 – 1817

Walterboro     1817 – present


County Courthouse – Walterboro


Location:  101 Hampton Street / North Jefferies Boulevard

Built:  1820 – 1822

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Robert Mills of Charleston and William Jay

Contractor:  William N Thompson


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story white colored brick and stucco structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Walterboro. The building is “T” shaped and has a stuccoed exterior representing stone. The building has a projecting higher center section with a portico having arches on the first story and supported by four large Tuscan columns on the second story. Stairs on either side of the portico ascend to the second story. The flat roof line is formed by a parapet extending the full width of the original center section and surmounted by a shorter, second parapet. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story and has a beautiful medallion centering the ceiling and white colored woodwork. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Family Court and County Probate Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit. In 1843 to 1844, the building was reconstructed. The contractor was Jonathan Lucas and Benjamin Lucas. New additions were made to this building. The west wing was added in 1916. Then, in 1937 to 1939, the Works Progress Administration covered the west wing with brick, added a new east wing, built an addition to the north entrance and remodeled the interior. The building was restored in 2007. The architect was Stevens & Wilkinson and the contractor was Blanchard Construction. On the northwest side is the old jail  built in 1856.


See:  Robert Mills who was an architect in Charleston also designed courthouses in Hampton CountyHorry CountyLancaster CountyMarion County and Williamsburg County.


See:  The 14th Judicial Circuit includes Allendale CountyBeaufort County, Hampton County and Jasper County


History:  The county was created in 1800 and Jacksonboro was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in Jacksboro after 1800. The county seat was moved to Waterboro in 1817. The second and present courthouse was built in 1820 to 1822.




County Courthouse – Walterboro































Photos taken 2008 and 2020