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History of the City of Laurens

 old 96newLaurens County was established in 1785 as a part of the Old 96 District. Original maps indicate the town may have originally been called Laurensville. The first reference to it being called Laurens is a town charter written in 1873.

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  Andrew Johnson (1808-1875), the 17th President of the United States, owned and operated a tailor shop on the town square (circa 1820). He could be considered the most famous entrepreneur who has owned a business in Laurens. He went on to become Governor of Tennessee, Vice-President of the United States under President Abraham Lincoln, and upon Lincoln's assassination, the 17th President of the United States.
Dunklin HouseThe Dunklin House was built in 1812 by Washington Williams and was built as a wedding gift to his daughter. One of the oldest homes in the City of Laurens, it now functions as a museum owned by the Laurens County Landmark Foundation.

The textile and glass industries were at one point a major source of employment; however, most of the old factories have closed over the last thirty years.

In March 2005, Laurens, became a part of The Learning Channel's "Town Haul" series. Six projects were featured during the filming and several of those projects were completed before the series end. Other projects were completed later by the City of Laurens. Projects included a park, a barbershop, a teen club, and amphitheater.

Hootie and the Blowfish performed at the new amphitheater. Many residents were thrilled to have TLC in town filming for a month and volunteered to help with the projects.

Photo courtesy of The Laurens County Advertiser
Sources - Wikipedia, S.C. State Library and the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce Web Sites