Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Union County Jail

Marker ID: SCHM 44-5
Location: West Main Street, Union
County: Union
Coordinates: N 34° 42.902    W 081° 37.564
  34.715033    -81.626067
Style: Free Standing **


The S.C. Board of Public Works had at least fourteen public buildings under contract in 1822 - 23, when Robert Mills, acting commissioner of the board, rejected a partially built jail of inferior brick before proceeding with this one. Experiences like this fitted him for his later career as federal architect and designer of the Washington Monument.

This building was completed in 1823 under the supervision of Robert Mills. Campbell Humphries was the contractor. The stone is said to have come from nearby Humphries Quarry. The north and west wings were added in 1954 and 1960 respectively with Robert Gibbes Fant as architect. The jail was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Erected by Union County - 1976