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Pickens in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pickens

The Town That Moved

 
 
Pickens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2008
1. Pickens Marker
Inscription. The town of Pickens was established as the center of government for the newly established Pickens District. The county was originally part of the Pickens District, today's Pickens and Oconee Counties. Its center of government, Pickens Court House, was centrally located within the Pickens District. After Pickens County was established, the town of Pickens Court House was dismantled and rebuilt here in 1868. Several of its buildings were moved, including the courthouse, a Masonic lodge, and this residence belonging to Col. J.E. Hagood. This residence is the only remaining structure in town that was moved here from old Pickens Court House.

Moving the county seat to a central location suggests the difficulty residents had in traveling through this area, which was still the "backwoods" of South Carolina. With limited rail service, local residents needed to have centralized access to its governmental center. As a governmental and commercial crossroads, the town of Pickens grew. The original courthouse was replaced in 1892. Other early buildings of the early town include the Pickens County jail ("Gaol"), built in 1902. Today, this building serves as the Pickens County Museum - a place to discover the history of the town and county of Pickens.
 
Erected by South Carolina Heritage Corridor.
Pickens County Court House image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 23, 2008
2. Pickens County Court House

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
 
Location. 34° 53.117′ N, 82° 42.333′ W. Marker is in Pickens, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker is on Griffin Street. Click for map. Marker is near the intersection of Griffin and North Lewis Streets, on the property of the Hagood-Mauldin House (the home mentioned by the marker's text). Marker is in this post office area: Pickens SC 29671, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hagood-Mauldin House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hagood-Mauldin House (within shouting distance of this marker); William M. Hagood (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Pickens (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of Elinor Knight (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Ladd Cureton (about 700 feet away); Hovie Alexander Nealy (about 700 feet away); Elihu Griffin (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Pickens.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pickens County, South Carolina. (Submitted on September 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce. (Submitted on September 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. City of Pickens. (Submitted on September 25, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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