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Sad news in Lancaster County, SC this summer

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I know, buildings can be rebuilt, but there is something undeniably sad about such a beautiful structure being intentionally burned as the Lancaster County Courthouse. I hear there are charges in the case, it is arson. The good news is that no one was injured and it sounds as though no records were lost in the blaze, but still… it’s a sad sight. More at the mad genealogist. Maybe I’m sensitive to the issue particularly because where I live in Western North Carolina there are some courthouses that have been burned several times over the years. Many records in those counties are nonexistent until very recently due to the courthouse burnings. “It’s a burned records county” has become a term that ends many questions starting with a “have you looked for a ?”

I think it’s sad though for the loss of the structure even if not records were lost. I hear that the designer of the courthouse also designed the Washington Monument.

I hope that the possibility of restoring the courthouse will be considered.

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