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Near Seneca in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Old Pickens Church

Sole Remnant of Town of Pickens Courthouse

 
 
Old Pickens Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Marsteller, November 7, 2021
1. Old Pickens Church Marker
Inscription.  
Old Pickens Presbyterian Church A Presbyterian congregation was probably organized in the 1840's. It is impossible to fix the exact date because the church records were destroyed in a fire around the turn of the 20th century. Construction on the church began in 1849 and was completed two years later. The bricks were made from clay from the banks of the Keowee River. The heart pine floors of the church are original as are the pulpit and pews. There is a side entrance that leads to a gallery used by the slaves. The cemetery contains over 200 grave sites; the earliest belonging to Lt. Joseph Reed bears the dates 1750-1825. The church is the sole surviving building on the site of the lost town of Pickens Courthouse and is under the care of the Historic Old Pickens Foundation.

Pickens Courthouse With the creation of Pickens District, a location for the district's courthouse had to be selected. In 1828 this site was chosen and named Pickens Courthouse in honor of Revolutionary War hero, General Andrew Pickens. The town as laid out was eight blocks long by four wide. By the mid-1800s, the town had expanded to include hotels,
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general stores, a jail, an academy, a Presbyterian Church and many residences in addition to its courthouse. In 1868, Pickens District was divided into Pickens and Oconee Counties and “new” Pickens, fourteen miles away, became the new county seat. Many structures, including the courthouse, were moved to the new town.
 
Erected by South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
 
Location. 34° 47.489′ N, 82° 53.185′ W. Marker is near Seneca, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker can be reached from Old Pickens Church Road near East Pickens Highway (State Highway 183). Heading north on East Pickens Highway (SC-183), Old Pickens Church Road is the last left before the Keowee River bridge. Heading south, it is the first right after the bridge. There is a sign, but it is easy to miss. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 149 SC-183, Seneca SC 29672, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Pickens Presbyterian Church (here, next to this marker); Andrew Pickens (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Old Pickens Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance
Old Pickens Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 7, 2021
2. Old Pickens Church Marker
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of this marker); Henry Craig (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Furman L. Smith Memorial Highway (approx. 3.9 miles away); Six Mile Veterans Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away); Cherokee Path (approx. 3.9 miles away); Fort Prince George (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca.
 
Old Pickens Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, November 7, 2021
3. Old Pickens Presbyterian Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 7, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2, 3. submitted on November 10, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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