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Laurens County Courthouse

The Laurens County courthouse, located in downtown Laurens, is on the National Register as an example of Greek revival architecture. The central portion was finished in 1838, with the wings added in 1858.

Laurens SC Courthouse

Peter Krenn of Rock Hill, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The courthouse is surrounded by historic buildings that make up the town’s city square, which includes restaurants, antique shops, and a neat little movie theater with a wooden floor.

Laurens County Courthouse

Ralph Hobson of Greenville, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Laurens County Courthouse is listed in the National Register as part of the Laurens Historic District, which says the following about the area:

The Laurens Historic District contains 111 contributing properties, most of which were built between 1880 and 1940. The town of Laurens is the county seat of Laurens County, located in the Piedmont region of the state. The district includes the public square with the courthouse and surrounding commercial buildings, and extends to the north and west to include significant residential sections of Laurens. The district is an unusually intact collection of buildings of nineteenth and early twentieth century vernacular architectural design mixed with simple high-style examples.

Although originally lined by antebellum residences (only two of which remain intact) on multi-acre lots, West Main Street experienced two periods of major development. The first period was from ca. 1885 to ca. 1915 and the second occurred between the World Wars. The buildings in the district display a wide range of architectural styles including Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Romanesque Revival, Bungalow, Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Neo-Classical. The area is also characterized by its large trees, well-kept yards, and granite retaining walls. The town and county of Laurens are named for South Carolina Revolutionary War patriot Henry Laurens. Laurens County was one of six counties created in 1785 from a division of the old district of Ninety-Six. By 1792 Laurens was the county seat.

More Pictures of the Laurens County Courthouse

Laurens Courthouse

Ed Long of Laurens, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Laurens County Courthouse

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Laurens County Courthouse

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Laurens County Courthouse

Photographer Lyn Freeman says that she was born and raised in Laurens, but had to move away periodically with her father who was in the military. “I always felt at home once I took a spin around the square to see if everything was the same as I left it. The courthouse was comforting to me because it always was the same even when some stores had changed.”

Laurens County Courthouse

Lyn S. Freeman, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Laurens County Courthouse Info

Address: Public Square, Laurens, SC 29360
GPS Coordinates: 34.499310,-82.014546

Laurens County Courthouse Map

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2 Comments about Laurens County Courthouse

SCIWAY says:
July 12th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Thank you, John, for your inquiry. We would love to see the image. Please send it to

John R. Wilson says:
July 12th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I have a postcard with a caption “Laurens County Court House (Built 1838), Laurens Co., S.C.” The building on that postcard is Greek Revival, of course, but it’s not nearly so large as the current building. Would you like to see an image of the postcard?


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