Newberry is a very attractive small town with a long history. Several prominent buildings and a well-protected downtown have been included in the National Register of Historic Places. And driving tours are the best way to view these historic sites. Following are some of those highlights that are worth to visit.
The Old Courthouse, which is located at 1207, Caldwell Street, is Newberry’s fourth courthouse. Jacob Graves designed this building in 1852 with the Greek Revival style, and it was once remoulded after the Civil War. It was abandoned till 1906, at that time a courthouse with neo-Classical style was built at College Street.
Another prominent building is the Newberry Opera House, the style of which is French Gothic, and this building is a famous downtown landmark. Established in 1881, the building is located on 1201 Mckibben Street. The ground floor once included a firehouse, city offices, and a jail. And on its upper floor, there was an auditorium used for variety shows, lectures and some other entertainment. And this building was transformed into a theatre in 1920s. After a renovation, in 1998, the Opera House was used as an art performance venue. Now, many famous touring Broadway shows are performed here.
Newberry College, located at 2100 College Street, is a college of liberal arts. Constructed in 1856, there are four buildings of this college are included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Located at 1503 Nance Street, the Coppock House is another ancient historic building, and it houses the Newberry County Museum. The building was constructed in 1820 and was once the home of a successful merchant.
Situated at Lindsay Street, just at the back of City Hall, Wells Japanese Garden was built in 1930s by W. Fulmer Wells, a Newberry architect. This garden was originally constructed as a private garden, and its style was effected by that of the Japanese Garden that is at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. A lot of Japanese elements can be easily felt in this garden. Plants in this garden include lotus, Japanese iris, water lilies, dogwood trees, and crepe myrtle.
Situated at the eastern part of downtown, the Main Street Historic District comprises of several ancient upper-class homes, which can be traced back to 1840s or 1850s. Many different architectural styles can be found here, such as Italianate, Greek Revival, Victorian, neo-classical and Gothic Revival.