Williamsburg County Courthouse

Williamsburg County Courthouse

Photographed in Kingstree, Williamsburg County, South Carolina. The courthouse.

On it’s own this is an impressive building. Now consider the history and it takes on even more importance.

Williamsburg County Courthouse
Williamsburg County Courthouse

This is a small county courthouse.

The designer was Robert Mills, who may be the first US born trained architect. The building is from 1828.

Robert Mills was also part of the team to design the US White House, Washington Memorial, worked with Thomas Jefferson, and created many other famous American buildings and monuments.

Williamsburg County Courthouse
Williamsburg County Courthouse

Robert Mills was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1781. Gabriel Manigault born in 1758, considered the first ‘gentleman’ (not university trained) architect was also born in Charleston.

I have only discovered facts like these in the last year or so, but it does explain why Charleston, and even the small nearby towns, have such grand buildings.

 

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