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

Colonial Block House/Fort Pickens

 
 
Colonial Block House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 18, 2014
1. Colonial Block House Marker
Inscription.
Colonial Block House
A "block house," a log building on a stone foundation, stood SE on Parker Creek from ca. 1767 into the 1850's. It was built by Andrew Pickens (1759-1817), later a militia general in the American Revolution, a state representative and senator, and a U.S. Congressman. Pickens married Rebecca Calhoun in 1765, moved to the Long Canes settlement, and built his home nearby.

Fort Pickens
The block house was an outpost near the boundary between Indian lands and white settlements and was later a refuge for area families during the Revolution. Tradition holds that in 1785 Pickens held the first court in the new Abbeville District there. After his death the old block house was popularly called "Fort Pickens" and this part of Abbeville was long known by the same name.
 
Erected 2014 by Little River Electric Cooperative and the Abbeville County Historical Society. (Marker Number 1-18.)
 
Location. 34° 10.95′ N, 82° 22.45′ W. Marker is in Abbeville, South Carolina, in Abbeville County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street (State Highway 203) and Cambridge Street on Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abbeville SC 29620, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Fort Pickens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 18, 2014
2. Fort Pickens Marker
At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Pickens (within shouting distance of this marker); First Secession Meeting Boulder (approx. mile away); Secession Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Secession Hill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henry McNeal Turner (approx. 0.3 miles away); Conservation Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away); This Water Fountain (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marie Cromer Seigler (approx. 0.3 miles away); Clarence E. Pressley (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Secession Meeting Columns (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abbeville.
 
Also see . . .  Andrew Pickens (1739-1817). 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 September 21, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismSettlements & Settlers
 
Colonial Block House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 18, 2014
3. Colonial Block House Marker
Fort Pickens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 18, 2014
4. Fort Pickens Marker
Andrew Pickens<br>Fort Mill Collection image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
5. Andrew Pickens
Fort Mill Collection
Named for General Pickens are Pickens Counties in South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia, the City of Pickens, South Carolina, Pickens High School, Pickens, South Carolina, and Fort Pickens in Florida.
Artist's Representation of Pickens and the Block House image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 9, 2009
6. Artist's Representation of Pickens and the Block House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 21, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 21, 2014, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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