Lee County

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Lee County is named for Robert E Lee, who was the commanding general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Kershaw County and Darlington County

E – Darlington County and Florence County

S – Sumter County

W – Sumter County and Kershaw County

 

Created:  February 25, 1902                  Map of South Carolina highlighting Lee County

County Seat: 

Bishopville  1902 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bishopville 

 

Location:  123 Main Street / Gregg Street

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Neo-lassical

Architect:  William Augustus Edwards of Darlington and Frank C Walter of Atlanta, Georgia

Contractor:  Nicholas Ittner of Atlanta, Georgia

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a three story light yellow colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bishopville. The building has a recessed porch with four stone Tuscan columns rising to a wide header. The portico supports an entablature, which circumscribes the building, carrying the discipline of the order to all elements of the courthouse. The entablature has a stone architrave with a double fascia, a cyma recta, and a corona. The architrave is topped by a broad frieze, which is elaborated as an attic story, pierced by wide tripartite windows above the side pavilions, and along the breadth of the side elevations. There are large arched windows on either side of the porch and along the sides of the building. A balustrade runs along the flat roof. In the interior, the first story retains the crossetted door surrounds and the baseboards. On the northwest side of the second story, the County Circuit Court courtroom features five arched windows looking onto the portico and five arched mirrors on the opposite wall. The courtroom is distinguished by an Ionic order, whose fluted pilasters feature festoons suspended across their volutes. The full entablature has a doubled architrave, a cyma reversa and fillet, a plain frieze, and a cornice of a cyma reversa and fillet, an ovolo, and a course of modillion consoles; the cornice supports the coffered ceiling. Simple vertical panels highlight the judge’s bench. The courtroom features modern bench pews and wooden wainscoting. On the southeast side of the second story is the Commissioner’s Meeting Room. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Family Court and County Probate Court of the 3rd Judicial Circuit.  A two-story addition to the rear of the courthouse is of yellow brick, repeating and continuing the materials and proportions of the original design. The building was renovated and an addition constructed in 1973 to 1974. The architect was Clark and McCall of Hartsville-Kingstree and the contractor was Lake City Building & Supply, Inc. of Lake City. To the southeast is the County Magistrate Court at 115 Gregg Street.

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lee County Courthouse

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1902 and Bishopville was selected as the county seat. The courthouse is the first and only courthouse erected in the county. The cost of construction was $75,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Bishopville

 

 

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County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

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Commissioner’s Meeting Room

 

 

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Photos taken 2008, 2020 and 2024