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Union County Courthouse — Union, South Carolina

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Union County Courthouse

This Neoclassical building in historic Union, the county seat of Union County, was completed in 1913. The county was named for the old Union church, which was called such because it served the Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian congregations, creating an ecumenical union.

Union County Courthouse at Christmas

F. Everett Leigh of Union, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

This courthouse replaced the original, which was built in 1825 and designed by noted architect Robert Mills. The first courthouse was torn down in 1911, and construction on the current courthouse began that year. It still serves as the Union County Courthouse.

Union County Courthouse SC

Stephen Brenton of Ladson, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Interesting note: in the early days of World War I, Union County was the only county in the nation that did not have a draft because its draft quotas were filled by volunteers.

Union Courthouse

F. Everett Leigh of Union, © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Union County Courthouse is listed in the National Register as part of the Union Downtown Historic District and says the following about the area:

The Union Downtown Historic District is significant as the public, commercial, and social center of the city of Union. It is significant as a collection of buildings associated with the commercial and governmental growth and development of Union from ca. 1878 to ca. 1940, with the majority dating from ca. 1880 to ca. 1930, a particularly significant period of commercial development in Union. The district is architecturally significant as a typical example of commercial and public building development and evolution in a small Southern Piedmont town from the late nineteenth century into the early twentieth century. The district includes commercial, public, residential, industrial, and transportation-related properties. Architectural influences include the Commercial as well as Neo-Classical and Victorian styles.

Union County Courthouse Info

Address: 210 West Main Street, Union, SC 29379
GPS Coordinates: 34.715376,-81.625392

Union County Courthouse Map

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3 Comments about Union County Courthouse

Fran Whiteman says:
March 22nd, 2018 at 3:58 pm

Do you have any pictures of the oldest or first courthouse? I was told that one of my ancestors was paid for helping to build first one. Thank you in advance.

SCIWAY says:
March 2nd, 2011 at 8:52 am

Hi Chris! Union is truly a wonderful city with a proud history. Thank you so much for your service – you are making South Carolina proud!

Chris says:
March 2nd, 2011 at 3:41 am

As I read this in Afghanistan, it makes me very proud to be from Union, SC.


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