Greenville County

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Greenville County is named for the green vegetation in the region, for Nathaniel Greene, who an American Revolutionary War hero, or for Isaac Green, who an  early settler in the county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Transylvania County, North Carolina, Henderson County, North Carolina and Polk County  

E – Spartanburg County

S – Laurens County and Abbeville County 

W – Anderson County and Pickens County


Created:  March 22, 1786                       Map of South Carolina highlighting Greenville County

County Seat: 

Greenville  1786 – present


County Courthouse – Greenville 


Location:  305 East North Street / North Church Street

Built:  1949 – 1950

Style:  Modern Greek Revival

Architect:  The McPherson Company

Contractor:  Daniel Construction


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Greenville. The building has a large portico supported by four large columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. Curved steps ascend on either side of the portico to the first story entrance. The doorway is trimmed with stone. On the center of roof is a small green colored cupola. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 13th Judicial Circuit. An addition was added in 1958. On the west side is a red colored brick and concrete addition constructed in 1997. The concrete framed entrance has glass panels and extends to the street. The architect was Fluor Daniel.


Old County Courthouse – Greenville




Location:  130 South Main Street / West Court Street

Built:  1916 – 1918

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  P Thornton Marye and H. Olin Jones

Contractor:  James A Jones


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story stone, brick, terra cotta and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Greenville. The rectangular shaped building has three recessed entrance on east side of the first story. A wide cornice runs above the first story with six columns rising to a header at the roof line. Another wide cornice runs below the flat roof line.


See:  The 13th Judicial Circuit includes Pickens County.


History:  The county was created in 1786 and Greenville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in the center of Greenville after 1768. The second courthouse was designed by Robert Mills and built in 1824. The third courthouse was designed in the Gothic style and built in 1856. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1916 to 1918 and is still standing. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1949 to 1950.


Note:  The highest point in South Carolina is Sassafras Mountain at 3548 feet ( 1081 meters ) which is located in the county.




County Courthouse – Greenville
















Old County Courthouse – Greenville







Photos taken 2008