Columbia County

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Columbia County is named for Christopher Columbus, who was the first European explorer in the Americas.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lincoln County

E – McCormick County, South Carolina and Edgefield County, South Carolina

S – Richmond County

W – McDuffie County

 

Created:  December 10, 1790                Map of Georgia highlighting Columbia County

County Seat: 

Cobbham  1790 – 1792

Klokee       1792 – 1793

Appling      1793 – present

 

County Courthouse – Appling

 

Location:  1958 Appling Harlem Road / Scotts Ferry Road

Built:  1856 – 1857

Style:   Carpenter and Italianate

Architect:  John Towbridge

Contractor:  John Towbridge

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Appling. The building has a small porch in the center of the first story. There are white stone headers above the windows and green shutters. A one story detached wing is along the southwest side. The roof is hipped. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was renovated in 2006. The architect was Hartley and Associates of Augusta and the contractor was Heavener Construction of Augusta. On the south side is the County Probate Court Building.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Columbia County Courthouse

 

County Justice Center – Evans

 

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Location:  640 Ronald Regan Drive / Evans Town Center Boulevard

Built:  1999 – 2002

Style:   Modern

Architect:  Rosser International, Inc.

Contractor:  CCI Construction Corporation

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the center of Evans. The east front has a large central portico with six high white colored columns and three white colored framed entrances. The north and south wings project from the main building. A white horizontal belt runs below the roof line. On the center of the roof is a white colored cupola. The roof is hipped. The building is named as the Columbia County Justice Center and Courthouse Annex. On the south side is the Government Complex with Buildings A, B and C.

 

County Government Center – Evans

 

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Location:  640 Ronald Regan Drive / Evans Town Center Boulevard

Built:  1993 – 1994

Style:   Modern

Architect:  VCR R Architects

Contractor:  Two State Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the center of Evans and on the south side of the County Justice Center. The building has vertical and horizontal bands with red colored brick between.  The building served as the courthouse until the Justice Center was completed in 2002. The building was renovated in 2003. The architect was The Hinman Architectural Group and the contractor was R W Allen & Associates, Inc.  An addition was constructed in 2013. The architect was Johnson, Laschober & Associates and the contractor was Clifton Construction, Inc. The building is Building B with Building A on the west side and Building C on the east side.

 

History:  The first courthouse was built in Kiokee in 1791 and the county seat was moved there in 1792. The second courthouse was built in Appling in 1793. The third courthouse was built in 1812. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed on the same site in 1856 to 1857 using the wood doors from the previous courthouse. In 1999 to 2001, the County Justice Center was constructed in Evans.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Appling

 

 

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County Probate Court Building – Appling

 

 

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County Justice Center – Evans

 

 

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County Government Center – Building A – Evans

 

 

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County Government Center – Building B – Evans

 

 

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County Government Center – Building C – Evans

 

 

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Photos taken 2008, 2014 and 2020