Pickens (HM7LE)

Location: Pickens, SC 29671 Pickens County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 53.117', W 82° 42.333'

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The Town That Moved

The town of Pickens was established as the center of government for the newly established Pickens District. The county was originally part of the Pickens District, today's Pickens and Oconee Counties. Its center of government, Pickens Court House, was centrally located within the Pickens District. After Pickens County was established, the town of Pickens Court House was dismantled and rebuilt here in 1868. Several of its buildings were moved, including the courthouse, a Masonic lodge, and this residence belonging to Col. J.E. Hagood. This residence is the only remaining structure in town that was moved here from old Pickens Court House.

Moving the county seat to a central location suggests the difficulty residents had in traveling through this area, which was still the "backwoods" of South Carolina. With limited rail service, local residents needed to have centralized access to its governmental center. As a governmental and commercial crossroads, the town of Pickens grew. The original courthouse was replaced in 1892. Other early buildings of the early town include the Pickens County jail ("Gaol"), built in 1902. Today, this building serves as the Pickens County Museum - a place to discover the history of the town and county of Pickens.
HM NumberHM7LE
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: South Carolina Heritage Corridor series
Placed BySouth Carolina Heritage Corridor
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 2:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 344140 N 3861648
Decimal Degrees34.88528333, -82.70555000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 53.117', W 82° 42.333'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 53' 7.02" N, 82° 42' 19.98" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 104 N Lewis St, Pickens SC 29671, US
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