Seneca in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Backcountry Revolutionary General and Legislator
The county and its county seat are both named in honor of General Andrew Pickens, hero of the American Revolution, state legislator and Congressman. The Pickens family arrived in the Carolina backcountry in the mid-18th century. He married Rebecca Calhoun in the 1760s and established himself as a trader in Bear Springs (Abbeville) off one of the Indian trading paths. He and his family survived the Cherokee War only to be caught up in the war for independence from Great Britain. Following the war, he declared it too crowded in Abbeville and moved into Pickens County area where he died.
Erected by South Carolina Heritage Corridor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
Location. 34° 47.483′ N, 82° 53.2′ W. Marker is in Seneca, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on SC Highway 183. Touch for map. After you cross over Lake Keowee from Pickens to Oconee County, look for a sign on your right for Historic Pickens Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Seneca SC 29672, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Pickens Church (here, next to this marker); Old Pickens Presbyterian Church Henry Craig (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Furman L. Smith Memorial Highway (approx. 4 miles away); Six Mile Veterans Monument (approx. 4 miles away); Fort Prince George (approx. 4.6 miles away); Newry Soup Kitchen (approx. 4.7 miles away); Newry World War II Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Church Bell (approx. 4.7 miles away); Keowee Town (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca.
Also see . . .
1. Andrew Pickens (congressman). Andrew Pickens (September 13, 1739 – August 11, 1817) was a militia leader in the American Revolution and a member of the United States House of Representatives from South Carolina. (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Andrew Pickens Butler, Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. Pickens, Andrew, (grandfather of Francis Wilkinson Pickens), a Representative from South Carolina; born in Paxton, Bucks County, (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Patriot Resource: Andrew Pickens. Andrew Pickens was born in 1739 in Pennsylvania. (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Politics • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 986 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.