Original maps indicate the town may have originally been called Laurensville. The earliest known reference to the name Laurens is a town charter in 1873.
Laurens is home to Gary Davis and Pink Anderson , acoustic blues musicians who were born in the city, as well as Redtop Davis , lightweight boxer of the 1940s and 1950s. J.T. Taylor , the lead singer of the funk/R&B band Kool & The Gang , grew up in Laurens.
Historic Laurens has long been known for the people who live here – for its historic courthouse – and for its eclectic architecture.
Historic downtown Laurens dates to the mid-1700′s. Five roads converged where the Public Square exists today. The Square served as the commercial, social, and religious center of the city. In 1980 the Square was included in the National Register of Historic Places for its unusually intact collection of architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Today, the Public Square offers tremendous opportunities for small businesses. Comprised of over 140,000 square feet of retail space, the Square stands as a significant shopping center for the community. The most intimate courthouse square in the state, downtown Laurens offers a unique sense of place. It remains the recognized heart of Laurens and Laurens County.
Lakeside Country Club takes you back to a time before the bulldozer and the 7000 yard course. With lush rolling fairways that give way to smooth bent grass greens, lakeside’s 5 par 5′s and 5 par 3′s offer many scoring opportunities to the well played shot. Take the journey, you will enjoy it.
Located on Highway 76 between Clinton and Laurens, South Carolina, Lakeside Country Club offers golfers easy access to a beautiful golf course with excellently maintained bent greens and plush Bermuda fairways. Our Course plays host to three local high school golf teams. Clinton High, Laurens Academy, Laurens High School, and Presbyterian College. Also come check out our seasonal swimming pool as well.
Founded in 1880, Presbyterian College has established itself as on of the top colleges in the country and is a fully accredited four-year- private co-educational, liberal arts institution. It is one of Clintons largest landmarks and home to a growing population of year round students. To get a true taste of what life is like at Presbyterian and in Clinton, come to campus and see for yourself all that PC has to offer. Tour the facilities. Attend a class. Talk to students. Meet professors. Spend some time with us.
Laurens County Speedway has been family owned and operated for over 30 years. Fred Cogsdill and his family ran the track for 30 years then in 2010 Dennis Nabors and his family began promoting the track. The Nabors family runs the track as a family with the goal to provide entertainment for families to enjoy every Saturday from April until October.
Laurens Speedway is one of the only tracks in South Carolina who runs Super Late Models every Saturday. In 2011 the Late Models put on a great show every Saturday Night.
Founded by B.O. Whitten, MD in 1920, the Whitten Center is a residential treatment facility for approximately 370 people with developmental disabilities and special needs.
The Newberry Opera House has been the heart of Newberry County for more than 100 years, serving both as the cultural center of the region and, more recently, as the home for the City’s fire, police, transportation, and municipal services. Built in 1882, the historic structure’s French Gothic clock tower dominates the City’s skyline and has, since its construction, been a landmark for the area.
Musgrove Mill’s peaceful setting in the Piedmont woods stands in sharp contrast to the bloody struggle waged there on Aug. 19, 1780. This Revolutionary War historic site interprets and protects the location of the Battle of Musgrove Mill . The battle, in which the vastly outnumbered Patriot militia outlasted the Loyalists in an unlikely defeat, is detailed through interpretive signage in the visitor center and along two and a half miles of nature trails.