This is the index for the Fairfield County Public Library History site.
The origin of the county name "Fairfield" is unknown, but local legend attributes it to a remark by Lord Cornwallis about the "fair fields" of the area. Formed in 1785 as a part of Camden District in northwestern South Carolina, Fairfield County lies between the upcountry and the lowcountry areas of the state. The town of Winnsboro, first settled around 1755 by European descendants, functions as the county seat and serves as home for the main library. A second county library branch resides in Ridgeway.
Library bookmobiles serve Fairfield County residents living outside a three-mile radius of Winnsboro or Ridgeway on a bi-weekly basis. The service also visits nursing homes, day-care centers and the Fairfield County Detention Center.
Read a brief chronology of the Fairfield County Public Library system.