Newberry Historic District

Bounded roughly by Friend, College, McKibben, and Harrington Sts., Newberry, South Carolina

Historic residential, commercial and government district in Newberry, SC


Newberry County Courthouse

Photo taken by Michael Miller




Newberry County was one of six counties created in 1785 from the large district of Ninety-Six. The original plat shows the creation of a public square and by 1801 a small frame courthouse had replaced the first log structure, and the village began to grow up around the town square. Structures on the square include the fourth of five courthouses (ca. 1850) built for the County, the old Newberry Bank, Hotel, the Opera House, and the Confederate Memorial Monument. Most of the brick commercial and public buildings surrounding the square were built between 1850 and 1900 when Newberry was an important stop in the railroad route from Columbia to Greenville. The first district boundary increase consisted of fifteen early twentieth century commercial, public, and religious buildings which support the nineteenth century buildings in the core district. Three of these “new” buildings were designed by prominent architects: Frank P. Milburn designed the (fifth) Newberry County Courthouse, James Knox Taylor designed the old Newberry Post Office, and Reuben Harrison Hunt designed the Central Methodist Church. The second boundary increase included an additional fourteen contributing buildings built between 1907 and ca. 1940 during a period of commercial growth and development in the city. Notable architectural styles in the district include Greek Revival, Romanesque Revival, Neo-Classical, and Art Deco, in addition to typical brick commercial buildings with traditional storefronts and decorative upper facades. Listed in the National Register December 31, 1974; Boundary increases November 16, 1980 and June 16, 2004. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 31, 1974
Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Romanesque
Areas of significance
Military; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Hotel; Financial institution; Business
Current functions
Business; Financial institution
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1750-1799
Significant years
1789; 1852; 1880
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5
Contributing objects: 1

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • November 8, 2013: New photos from Michael Miller