Discover Pickens

 
 

If you love to explore history, we offer endless opportunity...


The Town of Pickens moved from its original site on the Keowee River in 1868 when Pickens District, named for the distinguished Revolutionary War leader, Brigadier General Andrew Pickens, was divided into two counties.  As the new Pickens County seat, the town steadily grew from an agricultural base of single farms and vast plantations with sawmills and gristmills to a thriving textile manufacturing center.  With an extraordinary history of Fort Prince George of the French & Indian War Era, an on-going parade of colorful characters, a Confederate past like no other (Pickens County never rejoined the Union), and a bright future, Pickens is truly unique.  Welcome to our town. We’re glad you’ve come to visit us!  



Hagood Mill Historic Site and Folklife Center

The Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center, is home of the Nationally Registered Hagood Gristmill, circa 1825 and 1845, one of the oldest gristmills still producing grain products.  It has the largest waterwheel in the State and the only one still made of wood.   The site is famous for its 18th and early 19th century cabins, working blacksmith shop, moonshine still, traditional arts and living history demonstrations, and outstanding year-round musical events. 138 Hagood Mill Road.  864.898.2936

 



Welcome to Pickens!  We hope you will enjoy some of the rich history of our great town!

 

Rich in history and culture...


Soapstone Church


Built in the 1860’s and named after a large soapstone outcropping on the property, Soapstone Church is one of the oldest African-American churches in the upstate.  Started by freed men after the civil war, services are still held here today.  An old cemetery is on the property with interesting grave-sites from the 1800’s.  10 miles from downtown, off highway 8 heading North from town.  Read about the history HERE.  Church phone is (864) 878-5533.  Located on Liberia Road.

Pickens County Museum of Arts & History

Downtown Pickens


The Pickens County Museum of Art & History, housed in the Nationally Registered 1903 county jail, is highly regarded for the quality of its art and variety of programs and exhibits.  The work of artists and artisans of all kinds are represented in three galleries that change throughout the year.  The museum is beautifully landscaped with gardens of indigenous plants.  307 Johnson Street. 864.898.5963

Hagood-Mauldin House/Irma Morris Museum of Fine Art


The Hagood-Mauldin House & Irma Morris Museum of Fine Arts,

was built in the early town of Pickens Court House circa 1858, deconstructed, and moved to the new town of Pickens in 1868.  This fine Greek Revival was the home of prominent leaders of the area and now houses rare antiques and fine art with magnificent gardens.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is a must-see on your visit in the South Carolina Upcountry.  104 North Lewis Street.  864.898.5963

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History, housed in the Nationally Registered 1903 county jail, is highly regarded for the quality of its art and variety of programs and exhibits.  The work of artists and artisans of all kinds are represented in three galleries that change throughout the year.  The museum is beautifully landscaped with gardens of indigenous plants.  307 Johnson Street. 864.898.5963


Sunrise Cemetery


Sunrise Cemetery owned by the City of Pickens no longer accepts burials from the public unless a deed or receipt for a burial plot is provided.  A beautiful location on a ridge-top just north of downtown on East Cedar Rock Street across from Newton Avenue, the location provides a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains.


The cemetery is well worth the short drive to visit and explore the local history.  Many headstones are persons from the early 1800’s and local culture is reflected in the hillside.


Francis Wannamaker chairs the Cemetery Committee and can be reached by calling City Hall at 864-878-6421.  Ask to leave a message for her.