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Winnsboro and Fairfield County

100 S. Congress St.
Winnsboro, SC 29180
(803) 635-9811

Winnsboro, named after the prominent Patriot leader Richard Winn was settled in 1775. Its self-guided walking tour features a view of the Cornwallis House, the winter headquarters for the British general. Lord Cornwallis gave Fairfield County (where Winnsboro is located) its name in 1780. While he and his troops occupied the town, he looked over the countryside and remarked, "What fair fields". Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-5 Chamber at Town Clock. Walking Tours, Brochures available on weekends from the downtown merchants. The Town Clock is on the right in the center of downtown. Sherman's troops spent three days pillaging and burning across the county in February 1865 after burning Columbia. General William's troops came into the downtown area and protected much of the historic district by posting guards in residences. Still several important sites were lost to the torches of stragglers.