Pickens in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old Pickens Gaol
Designed by H.D. Breeding. B.E. Grandy built Pickens County gaol (jail) in 1902. For years it housed not only prisoners but also local sheriffs and their families. In the first year three members of Sheriff J.H.G. McDaniel's family died here of typhoid fever. In 1976 the building became home of the Pickens County Museum of Art & History. It was expanded to include a cultural center in 2006. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Erected 2016 by The Pickens County Museum. (Marker Number 39-21.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
Location. 34° 52.864′ N, 82° 42.361′ W. Marker is in Pickens, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker is at the intersection of Pendleton Street (Moorefield Memorial Highway) and Johnson Street, on the right when traveling north on Pendleton Street (Moorefield Memorial Highway). Marker is located beside the sidewalk near the northwest Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 307 Johnson Street, Pickens SC 29671, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pickens County Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Manly Portable Convict Cage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Andrew Pickens Charted the Way (about 700 feet away); Pickens County Buffalo Soldiers (about 700 feet away); Pickens County Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial (about 700 feet away); To the Valiant Citizen-Soldiers of Pickens County (about 700 feet away); Major General Andrew Pickens (about 800 feet away); Andrew Pickens (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pickens.
More about this marker. Both sides of marker are identical.
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1. Old Pickens Jail. South Carolina Department of Archives and History Website entry:
The Old Pickens Jail is significant as one of the few early jails still in existence in Piedmont South Carolina. An important landmark in Pickens, the Pickens Jail was originally constructed to serve as both a detention facility for county criminals and as the home for the Sheriff of Pickens County and his family. The living quarters for the Sheriff were located in the west side of the building and a small two-story cellblock was located in the east. (Submitted on May 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Old Pickens Jail. Wikipedia entry:
It was built in 1903, and is a two-story, brick building with a two-story crenellated tower. It was expanded in 1928 to provide additional space for the cellblock. The jail closed in August 1975, and has since been used as a historical museum and art gallery. (Submitted on May 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.