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Walterboro Jail

 
 
Walterboro Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
1. Walterboro Jail Marker
Inscription. This neo-Gothic building, designed by Jones and Lee, noted architects of Charleston, and constructed by J.& B. Lucas in 1855-56, replaced the jail built in 1822 when Walterboro became the seat of justice of Colleton District. It served as a jail until 1937, since which time it has been used by Colleton County to house various offices.
 
Erected 1985 by The Colleton County Historical Society. (Marker Number 15-9.)
 
Location. 32° 54.221′ N, 80° 40.039′ W. Marker is in Walterboro, South Carolina, in Colleton County. Marker is on North Jeffries Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 239 North Jeffries Boulevard, Walterboro SC 29488, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walterboro (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Monument (about 500 feet away); Colleton County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Colleton County Veterans War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Walterborough Academy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Walterborough Library Society (approx. half a mile away); Hickory Valley (approx. half a mile away); Bethel Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Walterboro.
 
Regarding Walterboro Jail.
Walterboro Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Walterboro Jail Marker
"This landmark structure resembles a miniature fortified castle. It has been used by Colleton County to house various offices since that time, most significantly the Colleton Museum and the Chamber of Commerce." Today it is a museum
 
Additional comments.
1. The Old Colleton County Jail
is a stuccoed brick building built in 1855-56 by J. and B. Lucas of Charleston in the Gothic Revival style. The building is significant architecturally as a fine example of Gothic design in a cultural area where Gothic architecture is a rarity. Its architects, Edward C. Jones and Francis D. Lee, were well known in Charleston and throughout the state. They were in high demand at this time, with designs including courthouses, churches, college buildings, businesses and private residences all over South Carolina. The jail in part resembles a miniature, fortified castle. The front facade has crenellated parapets, turret-like structures at either corner, and a massive central tower above the main entrance. The main entrance is shielded by an extended, enclosed porch with buttresses and a central pointed archway entrance at the front and narrow slit windows on the sides. A large lancet window with hood mold is set in the massive central tower above the main entrance. Hood molds also accent the remaining windows on the front
Walterboro Jail , now a Museum image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Walterboro Jail , now a Museum
façade. Listed in the National Register May 14, 1971.(S.C. Dept. of Archives and History)
    — Submitted July 12, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Antebellum South, USNotable Buildings
 
National Register of Historical Places plaque image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. National Register of Historical Places plaque
Old Colleton County Jail (added 1971 - Building - #71000766) • Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering • Architect, builder, or engineer: Lee,Francis D., Jones, Edward C. • Area of Significance: Architecture • Period of Significance: 1850-1874 •
Walterboro Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, April 2008
5. Walterboro Jail Marker
Walterboro Jail image. Click for full size.
S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, circa 1971
6. Walterboro Jail
 
 
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