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The Lancaster County Courthouse, designed by Robert Mills, is one of the most historically important buildings left in Lancaster County today. I use the word is because I firmly believe that Lancaster County, its citizens and surrounding businesses, can still salvage and rebuild this monument.
Completed in 1828 this landmark has stood to serve Lancaster County in more ways than just as a courthouse. The building itself has survived small fires created by faulty flues, and the force of Gen. T. Sherman, who ravaged Richmond and Columbia. What has saved the courthouse from these destructive attempts – Lancaster County citizens? This group of people, bound by a town, came together to remove important documents in 1859, and to extinguish Sherman’s flames in 1865.
This building, known for its famous architect, is also known for its rich and varied history. Not only fires but trials and well-known residents, such as Stephen D. Miller who was the 25th governor of South Carolina, have united to shape the building, the town itself and even the state.
Can Lancaster County rebuild this famous landmark which has stood for 180 years? In this time of financial hardships and political divisions when it is difficult to imagine rebuilding, I truly believe Lancaster County can rally itself around an important cause. In the end a town not only rebuilds a single building, a single monument, a national landmark, but together rebuilds a town’s historical identity for generations to come.