101 North Main Street
The Yorkville Enquirer of April 10, 1884 – “The cornerstone of the courthouse for Marlboro County was laid at Bennettsville on March 27th. This will be the third courthouse erected on the same spot in the last 100 years.”
City Directories and History: The Marlboro Courthouse was constructed in 1885, designed by Robert N. McGrath with additions by Henry D. Harrall in 1952. The village declined as the railroad did and is now almost a ghost town.
Marlboro, once a thriving village with a brick mill, was formerly called Mandeville. It is on the land once owned by Cornelius Mandeville who had over three thousand acres along the river.
The town of McColl, only three miles within the borders of South Carolina, was named in honor of Duncan Donald McColl (1842-1911). When the Bennettsville and Cheraw Railroad built a station there, it was named Marlboro. A native of the part of Scotland County, North Carolina, which was at that time Richmond County, Mr. McColl came to Marlboro as a young boy to live with a relative. After service in the War, he practiced law and organized the county’s first bank, The Bank of Marlboro. In 1884 he led in the organization of the South Carolina and Pacific Railroad Company, which formed a connecting link between railroad lines in North Carolina and nearby South Carolina counties. The first station of this railroad within the state was named for Mr. McColl, the president of the company.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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