the colleton county courthouse was built in 1822 and is one of the oldest county courthouses in south carolina. the colleton county courthouse was designed by the famous columbia architect robert mills. robert mills is best known as the architect for the washington monument in washington d.c. the colleton county courthouse is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in american architecture the colleton county courthouse is worth a look when in walterboro.
the slave relic museum is a collection of artifacts relating to slavery and period photographs. a interesting museum to visit for those interested in african-american history and pre civil war southern culture.
the colleton county museum is located in the 1822 colleton county jail. the old colleton county jail was designed by architect robert mills and is listed on the national register of historic places. the colleton county museum has an interesting collection of relics of plantation life prior to the civil war. for those interested in history and southern culture the colleton county museum is worth a visit when in walterboro.
the walterboro downtown historic district is a very nice place to visit when in east central south carolina. located just off of US 17 there are a number of streets lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. the residental areas near the historic district has a number of interesting antebellum and victorian homes. for those interested in architecture and southern culture the walterboro historic district is worth visiting.
Walterboro is a rather small town, so just riding around and having a look here and there might be interesting...
Here is some history:
In 1784, Paul and Jacob Walters and some other owners of large rice plantations in what is now Colleton County, S.C. began to look for a better location for their summer homes. They chose the most ideal spot in the area and named it Hickory Valley, later renamed into Walterboro. In 1817, the City of Walterboro became the county seat and was officially incorporated in 1826.
The families who founded the city were deeply religious and they brought their faith with them. So you will find many churches here, some dating back to the 18th century. All major Protestant denominations as well as the Catholic and Jewish faiths are represented in the community (and usually in a double pack: one for white and one for black people....)
Very charming is also the main street which sets you back in time, since it is almost unchanged since the 1940's.
pictured is the colleton county confederate memorial located on the grounds of the colleton county courthouse. this monument has a draped flag motif which is common in the south.