Bennettsville, South Carolina

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Bennettsville is a city in and the county seat of Marlboro County, South Carolina, United States.[3] and home to the Bennettsville Historic District. Bennettsville's population was recorded at 9,425 for the 2000 census.

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Geography

Bennettsville is located at 34°37′17″N 79°41′5″W / 34.62139°N 79.68472°W / 34.62139; -79.68472 (34.621270, -79.684830)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16.1 km²), of which, 5.6 square miles (14.5 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²) of it (10.13%) is water.

History

The city of Bennettsville was founded in 1819 and named after Thomas Bennett, Jr., then governor of South Carolina.

In the same year, the S.C. General Assembly authorized the relocation of the courthouse from the eastern bank of the Great Pee Dee River to a more central location, selecting a 3-acre (12,000 m2) apple orchard located on a bluff above Crooked Creek for the new courthouse, designed by South Carolina architect Robert Mills. Streets were then developed spreading out from the square, one of the state's largest. In 1852, the Mills building was replaced.

In 1865, during the American Civil War, the city was occupied by Union troops. During this time, the Jennings-Brown House and the first County Courthouse was used as the headquarters for General William T. Sherman during the Civil War. The new courthouse escaped burning, making it one of South Carolina's few county seats with records accessible for genealogical research dating back to 1785.

In 1884, another Second Empire style courthouse was erected on the site and is the central portion of the present building. Two story red brick wings and the present clock steeple designed by Bennettsville architect Henry D. Harrall were added during the 1952-1954 remodeling.

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