The Robert Mills Courthouse
Address: 607 South Broad Street , Camden, SC 29020
Latitude/Longitude: 34.239082, -80.606839
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Old and re-purposed: The Robert Mills Courthouse currently serves as the Camden Visitors Center and hosts the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce. The Court house construction began in 1825 and was completed in 1827. The floors on the bottom level are brick and the ceilings are arched…there are no rafters. The walls are brick covered in plaster. This is an early fireproof design — amazing design. The incredible center vestibule mural was added by Claude Buckley (nephew of William F. Buckley) in 2005
This building functioned as the courthouse for Kershaw County until 1906. It has changed a few hands…at one time there was a mattress factory and coffin maker sharing the building. In 1999, the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center purchased the building and invested to restore it.
Step upstairs, into the original courtroom to see the original judge’s bench and flanking black benches that date to the 1825 construction. The Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, a nonprofit organization, supports a large portion of the upkeep of the building with event rentals and donations (est. 20+ weddings a year).
Now, let’s walk out to the porch. Here you can see the large 1847 columns and hand-wrought iron which were more than likely brought from Charleston. Please feel free to tour the grounds and chat with the staff about what you should see while visiting this area. ENJOY!
From the Author: Every student of architecture should visit this building! But, even if you know nothing about architectural design, this building is worth seeing. It is also the perfect first stop when visiting Camden...one stop shopping for finding out what is happening in Kershaw County and what you must see while in the area.
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