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Visit Pickens County is the official site of Pickens County Tourism. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Pickens County bears the name of General Andrew Pickens, Revolutionary War hero, Brigadier General, U.S. Congressman and Commissioner of Indian Affairs. But the county's fascinating history begins far before the general's arrival in the area. The pictoglyphs, or rock art, found throughout the county speak of a prehistoric people who preceded the Cherokee, leaving behind little trace of their civilization except the mysterious rock markings that are so cherished in our county. More than 40 rock carvings etched centuries ago include 17 rare human figures. The South Carolina Rock Art Center, on the grounds of Hagood Mill works to showcase and preserve these carving for future generations. After these prehistoric people came the Cherokee. Traces of their civilization are readily found in the names of towns throughout the county: Keowee, Jocassee, Toxaway and Seconee are just a few of the names that tie our region to the Cherokee. They were known for vast farms and beautiful orchards, and the Cherokee trading paths into Tennessee and other states can still be traced today. Then came the American Revolution, and the Cherokee sided with the area's British sympathizers, often going on raids with local Tories and fighting in brutal battles that left bloodshed and lingering animosity. After their defeat at the hands of the young nation, the Cherokee were forced to surrender their lands, which were folded into the Ninety-Six Judicial District encompassing Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. The area then became the Pendleton District, with the first town of Pickensville, a stage coach stop, clustered near present-day Easley. In 1828, the area was divided into Pickens and Anderson Counties, and a new courthouse built on the west bank of the Keowee River. The state legislature named one of the new counties Pickens, in honor of Gen. Andrew Pickens, whose plantation Hopewell was at the area's southern border. By 1860, the Pickens population exceeded 19,000, 22 percent of those people slaves working in the district's many farms. Sawmills, gristmills, and a few shops producing were the extend of the area's industry. There were plenty of churches, but very few schools, and the Blue Ridge Railroad arrived in 1860, along with the Civil War, bringing marauders, deserters and guerilla fighters into the area. As with many rural areas, the war brought economic devastation. The South Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1868, changed the name district to county throughout the state. The Convention also established Oconee County out of the portion of Pickens District west of the Keowee and Seneca rivers. Pickens County built a new courthouse, and many of the residents of Old Pickens on the Keowee moved to the new town, some bringing their dismantled homes with them to be near the seat of county government and commerce. The Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railroad (later called the Southern Railway) came to Pickens in the 1870s. New towns grew up along its route, including Easley, named for General W. K. Easley, in 1874, along with Liberty and Central. Cotton was still king in South Carolina. The textile industry brought the first modern cotton mill to Cateechee in 1895 and changed the face of the local economy. By 1900, the county had two railroads, three cotton mills, three banks, three roller mills, four brickyards, ten shingle mills and 37 sawmills. By 1940, the Pickens County population may have reached 37,000, but it was still a one-crop economy. Most of its citizens grew cotton, wove it into cloth, or worked to transport it to other areas. Manufacturing has spurred economic development since World War II, bringing nearly 100 manufacturing plants and attracting new industry and new residents to Pickens County to take advantage of the mild climate, business opportunity, and scenic beauty.

Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast - Oct 14The event will include oysters and dinner buffet, along with beer and wine, music...
10/14/2017
Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast

Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast - Oct 14

The event will include oysters and dinner buffet, along with beer and wine, music, silent auction, and more!
Saturday, Oct 14
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Arran Farm 820 Lenhardt Road
Easley, SC 29640

For tickets or more information, please contact:
864-506-0737 or [email protected]

http://visitpickenscounty.com/event/1684/clusters-for-kids-oyster-roast/

501(c)3 Charitable Organization Supporting Pickens County’s Neglected and Abused Children since 2002 "That no child in Pickens County goes without the love, care, and necessities to have a safe, happy, and healthy childhood while a part of the Guardian ad Litem program."

Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast - Oct 14The event will include oysters and dinner buffet, along with beer and wine, music...
10/13/2017
Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast

Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast - Oct 14

The event will include oysters and dinner buffet, along with beer and wine, music, silent auction, and more!
Saturday, Oct 14
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Arran Farm 820 Lenhardt Road
Easley, SC 29640

For tickets or more information, please contact:
864-506-0737 or [email protected]

501(c)3 Charitable Organization Supporting Pickens County’s Neglected and Abused Children since 2002 "That no child in Pickens County goes without the love, care, and necessities to have a safe, happy, and healthy childhood while a part of the Guardian ad Litem program."

Hagood Mill to Host Old Time and Bluegrass Jam - Oct 138:30pm – 11:00pmPlease join us at Hagood Mill for this special ...
10/13/2017

Hagood Mill to Host Old Time and Bluegrass Jam - Oct 13

8:30pm – 11:00pm

Please join us at Hagood Mill for this special Friday night jam on October 13th. This event, co-sponsored by the Oolenoy Community Jammers is open to all musicians (young and old), all ranks (teachers and screechers), pickers, grinners, singers, cloggers, watchers, learners, and anyone else who enjoys Old Time and Bluegrass music.

This is a free event, so come on out and experience this special and unique “Friday the 13th” acoustic jam at the Historic Hagood Mill.

For additional information, please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936

Hagood Mill to Host Old Time and Bluegrass Jam - Oct 138:30pm – 11:00pmPlease join us at Hagood Mill for this special ...
10/12/2017

Hagood Mill to Host Old Time and Bluegrass Jam - Oct 13

8:30pm – 11:00pm

Please join us at Hagood Mill for this special Friday night jam on October 13th. This event, co-sponsored by the Oolenoy Community Jammers is open to all musicians (young and old), all ranks (teachers and screechers), pickers, grinners, singers, cloggers, watchers, learners, and anyone else who enjoys Old Time and Bluegrass music.

This is a free event, so come on out and experience this special and unique “Friday the 13th” acoustic jam at the Historic Hagood Mill.

For additional information, please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936

10/12/2017

Burdine Lodge Restoration Project Ground Breaking Ceremony - Oct 31

A ground breaking ceremony for the Burdine Lodge Restoration Project has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at 2:00 pm, at the Hagood Mill Historic Site, Pickens, South Carolina. All interested persons are cordially invited to attend.

Representatives of Pickens County, the Pickens County Historical Society, the Hagood Mill Historic Site, Anderson District United Methodist Men, the South Carolina Methodist Conference, and the South Carolina Conference Historical Society will speak briefly at the site of the planned reconstruction. Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, Resident Bishop of the Columbia Area of the United Methodist Church, is also scheduled to participate.

Built in the 1760’s, this historic log house was moved in the 1790’s to Old Vinland School Road in the Dacusville Community of what was then known as the Pendleton District. In 1796 the house became the home of Samuel Burdine, an early Methodist in the area, and a lodging place for Bishop Francis Asbury when traveling from North Carolina into South Carolina through the Saluda Pass. In his journal Asbury documented visits with Samuel Burdine in November, 1800, accompanied by Bishop Richard Whatcoat, and again in November, 1802. The Burdine home also became a meeting place for a Methodist Society which today is known as Antioch United Methodist Church of the North Easley Charge in the Greenville District of the South Carolina Conference. The log house was donated to the Pickens County Historical Society by Mrs. Nell Davis Patton, who had lived in it as a child, and her family. The reconstruction project is expected to take at least a year.

The Hagood Mill Historic Site is located at 138 Hagood Mill Road just off of Highway 178. From downtown Pickens take Highway 178 north. Stay on Highway 178 for three(3) miles. Turn left onto Hagood Mill Road(look for the Hagood Mill sign). The site is immediately on the right.

Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast - Oct 14The event will include oysters and dinner buffet, along with beer and wine, music...
10/12/2017
Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast

Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast - Oct 14

The event will include oysters and dinner buffet, along with beer and wine, music, silent auction, and more!
Saturday, Oct 14
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Arran Farm 820 Lenhardt Road
Easley, SC 29640

For tickets or more information, please contact:
864-506-0737 or [email protected]

501(c)3 Charitable Organization Supporting Pickens County’s Neglected and Abused Children since 2002 "That no child in Pickens County goes without the love, care, and necessities to have a safe, happy, and healthy childhood while a part of the Guardian ad Litem program."

Hagood Mill to Host Old Time and Bluegrass Jam - Oct 138:30pm – 11:00pmPlease join us at Hagood Mill for this special ...
10/09/2017

Hagood Mill to Host Old Time and Bluegrass Jam - Oct 13

8:30pm – 11:00pm

Please join us at Hagood Mill for this special Friday night jam on October 13th. This event, co-sponsored by the Oolenoy Community Jammers is open to all musicians (young and old), all ranks (teachers and screechers), pickers, grinners, singers, cloggers, watchers, learners, and anyone else who enjoys Old Time and Bluegrass music.

This is a free event, so come on out and experience this special and unique “Friday the 13th” acoustic jam at the Historic Hagood Mill.

For additional information, please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936

09/30/2017

Venture Outdoors Pickens - Sep 30

Join us in Pickens for a full day of fun, learning and adventure! Venture Outdoors will feature hands on workshops on fly fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, bee keeping & kayaking, with a mountain biking event at Town Creek Bike Park.

Particiapte in a 5K Run/Walk or 4x4 off-road cruise-in before grabbing some grub downtown & listening to live music at the Amphitheater.

For more information and to register for workshops, click the link below.

09/25/2017

Venture Outdoors Pickens - Sep 30

Join us in Pickens for a full day of fun, learning and adventure! Venture Outdoors will feature hands on workshops on fly fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, bee keeping & kayaking, with a mountain biking event at Town Creek Bike Park.

Particiapte in a 5K Run/Walk or 4x4 off-road cruise-in before grabbing some grub downtown & listening to live music at the Amphitheater.

For more information and to register for workshops, click the link below.

09/18/2017

Venture Outdoors Pickens - Sep 30

Join us in Pickens for a full day of fun, learning and adventure! Venture Outdoors will feature hands on workshops on fly fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, bee keeping & kayaking, with a mountain biking event at Town Creek Bike Park.

Particiapte in a 5K Run/Walk or 4x4 off-road cruise-in before grabbing some grub downtown & listening to live music at the Amphitheater.

For more information and to register for workshops, click the link below.

Congratulations to the winners of South Carolina State Fiddling Championship at Hagood MillSenior Fiddle1st - Jim Graddi...
09/16/2017

Congratulations to the winners of South Carolina State Fiddling Championship at Hagood Mill

Senior Fiddle

1st - Jim Graddick
2nd - David White
3rd - Willie Moore

Junior Fiddle

1st - Ella Thomas
2nd - Kaitlyn Holder
3rd - Hayley King

Junior Open

1st - David Saffra
2nd - Levi Harrington
3rd 0 Amelia Tebout

Ole Time Banjo

1st - Josh Johnson
2nd - Mark Kilianski
3rd - David White

Guitar

1st - Mickey Collins
2nd 0 Eric Ode
3rd - Marshall Goers

Ole Time String Band

1st - Hoot & Holler
2nd - Suppa Club
3rd - Rocky Bottom Rounders

Senior Wildcat Open

1st - Wil Hart
2nd - Mickey Collins
3rd - Jim Graddick

Junior Wildcat Open

1st - David Saffra
2nd - Levi Harrington
3rd - Amelia Tebout

Venture Outdoors Pickens - Sep 30Join us in Pickens for a full day of fun, learning and adventure! Venture Outdoors will...
09/04/2017
Community Event Calendar

Venture Outdoors Pickens - Sep 30

Join us in Pickens for a full day of fun, learning and adventure! Venture Outdoors will feature hands on workshops on fly fishing, hiking, mountain climbing, bee keeping & kayaking, with a mountain biking event at Town Creek Bike Park.

Particiapte in a 5K Run/Walk or 4x4 off-road cruise-in before grabbing some grub downtown & listening to live music at the Amphitheater.

For more information and to register for workshops, click the link below. http://ow.ly/uaRb30941ck

We do our best to promote all of the events going on in the Pickens area. Please email us your event to include on the Community Event Calendar!

Southern Wesleyan University, Pickens County, Hosting Giant Eclipse Event at Central - Aug 21An event is coming Aug. 21 ...
08/21/2017
Eclipse Over SWU - Solar Eclipse 2017 in Upstate South Carolina | Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University, Pickens County, Hosting Giant Eclipse Event at Central - Aug 21

An event is coming Aug. 21 that is unlikely to repeat itself in our lifetimes, and Southern Wesleyan University will offer one of the best spots on the planet to experience it.

On Aug. 21 all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, but only those within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see one of nature's most awe inspiring sights — a total solar eclipse. The university’s campus in Central is located along the center of the path of totality, which promises one of the longest viewing times in the nation for the total solar eclipse — a full 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

Southern Wesleyan is partnering with Pickens County and the town of Central for Eclipse Over Pickens County, a free event for the entire family. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. There will be a live feed on the large video scoreboard at the track for safe viewing by small children.

Gates will open at Noon at the Gilbert Track and Field Complex for Eclipse Over Pickens County. Eclipse totality will begin at 2:37 p.m. Complimentary safety glasses for viewing the eclipse will be given out to visitors on a first come first served basis.
Visitors to Eclipse Over Pickens County are encouraged to bring donations of school supplies for United Way to give to local children in need in Pickens and Oconee counties.

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but premium parking is available for $10. Call Tony Payne at (864) 644-5014 for details on premium parking.

Gilbert Track and Field Complex is located at 215 Clayton Street in Central, on the SWU campus.

The day’s activities will include a lecture and lunch at Bryant Lodge, featuring Prof. Ivy Kaufman, presented by Southern Wesleyan’s Division of Science. Kaufman will give a presentation about the science behind this rare natural event.

This is a ticketed event. A registration link can be found at swu.edu/eclipse.

There will also be food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities at Gilbert Track and Field Complex, starting at Noon.

Following the eclipse, Mike O’Neal, a 31-year NASA veteran, will present “Spirituality and Spaceflight,” a multimedia presentation on the role of spirituality in human space flight, including audio and video of astronauts from the Apollo program and the International Space Station. This presentation will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center, 737 Wesleyan Drive, just a block away. Tickets for O’Neal’s presentation are just $5 and all proceeds will go to Southern Wesleyan’s Childs Hall Project. Seating is limited to 1,000. Tickets for O’Neal’s presentation will be available on the day of the event in the vendor area at Gilbert Track and Field. Contact Joy Bryant at (864) 644-5385 for group ticket reservations.

O’Neal, now retired from NASA, spent more than three decades working at Kennedy Space Center, and was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal as well as two Exceptional Service medals. Prior to his retirement from NASA, O’Neal completed a special assignment in which he investigated mechanisms to provide spiritual support for astronauts.
For details, ticket links and many eclipse-related resources, visit swu.edu/eclipse. A link to information for safely viewing the solar eclipse can be found at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. For details about degree programs, go online to swu.edu.

Join us in Central, South Carolina for the 2017 total solar eclipse at Southern Wesleyan University in upstate SC.

Southern Wesleyan University, Pickens County, Hosting Giant Eclipse Event at Central - Aug 21An event is coming Aug. 21 ...
08/18/2017
Eclipse Over SWU - Solar Eclipse 2017 in Upstate South Carolina | Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University, Pickens County, Hosting Giant Eclipse Event at Central - Aug 21

An event is coming Aug. 21 that is unlikely to repeat itself in our lifetimes, and Southern Wesleyan University will offer one of the best spots on the planet to experience it.

On Aug. 21 all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, but only those within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see one of nature's most awe inspiring sights — a total solar eclipse. The university’s campus in Central is located along the center of the path of totality, which promises one of the longest viewing times in the nation for the total solar eclipse — a full 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

Southern Wesleyan is partnering with Pickens County and the town of Central for Eclipse Over Pickens County, a free event for the entire family. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. There will be a live feed on the large video scoreboard at the track for safe viewing by small children.

Gates will open at Noon at the Gilbert Track and Field Complex for Eclipse Over Pickens County. Eclipse totality will begin at 2:37 p.m. Complimentary safety glasses for viewing the eclipse will be given out to visitors on a first come first served basis.
Visitors to Eclipse Over Pickens County are encouraged to bring donations of school supplies for United Way to give to local children in need in Pickens and Oconee counties.

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but premium parking is available for $10. Call Tony Payne at (864) 644-5014 for details on premium parking.

Gilbert Track and Field Complex is located at 215 Clayton Street in Central, on the SWU campus.

The day’s activities will include a lecture and lunch at Bryant Lodge, featuring Prof. Ivy Kaufman, presented by Southern Wesleyan’s Division of Science. Kaufman will give a presentation about the science behind this rare natural event.

This is a ticketed event. A registration link can be found at swu.edu/eclipse.

There will also be food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities at Gilbert Track and Field Complex, starting at Noon.

Following the eclipse, Mike O’Neal, a 31-year NASA veteran, will present “Spirituality and Spaceflight,” a multimedia presentation on the role of spirituality in human space flight, including audio and video of astronauts from the Apollo program and the International Space Station. This presentation will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center, 737 Wesleyan Drive, just a block away. Tickets for O’Neal’s presentation are just $5 and all proceeds will go to Southern Wesleyan’s Childs Hall Project. Seating is limited to 1,000. Tickets for O’Neal’s presentation will be available on the day of the event in the vendor area at Gilbert Track and Field. Contact Joy Bryant at (864) 644-5385 for group ticket reservations.

O’Neal, now retired from NASA, spent more than three decades working at Kennedy Space Center, and was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal as well as two Exceptional Service medals. Prior to his retirement from NASA, O’Neal completed a special assignment in which he investigated mechanisms to provide spiritual support for astronauts.
For details, ticket links and many eclipse-related resources, visit swu.edu/eclipse. A link to information for safely viewing the solar eclipse can be found at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. For details about degree programs, go online to swu.edu.

Join us in Central, South Carolina for the 2017 total solar eclipse at Southern Wesleyan University in upstate SC.

Southern Wesleyan University, Pickens County, Hosting Giant Eclipse Event at Central - Aug 21An event is coming Aug. 21 ...
08/14/2017
Eclipse Over SWU - Solar Eclipse 2017 in Upstate South Carolina | Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University, Pickens County, Hosting Giant Eclipse Event at Central - Aug 21

An event is coming Aug. 21 that is unlikely to repeat itself in our lifetimes, and Southern Wesleyan University will offer one of the best spots on the planet to experience it.

On Aug. 21 all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, but only those within a narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina will see one of nature's most awe inspiring sights — a total solar eclipse. The university’s campus in Central is located along the center of the path of totality, which promises one of the longest viewing times in the nation for the total solar eclipse — a full 2 minutes and 37 seconds.

Southern Wesleyan is partnering with Pickens County and the town of Central for Eclipse Over Pickens County, a free event for the entire family. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. There will be a live feed on the large video scoreboard at the track for safe viewing by small children.

Gates will open at Noon at the Gilbert Track and Field Complex for Eclipse Over Pickens County. Eclipse totality will begin at 2:37 p.m. Complimentary safety glasses for viewing the eclipse will be given out to visitors on a first come first served basis.
Visitors to Eclipse Over Pickens County are encouraged to bring donations of school supplies for United Way to give to local children in need in Pickens and Oconee counties.

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but premium parking is available for $10. Call Tony Payne at (864) 644-5014 for details on premium parking.

Gilbert Track and Field Complex is located at 215 Clayton Street in Central, on the SWU campus.

The day’s activities will include a lecture and lunch at Bryant Lodge, featuring Prof. Ivy Kaufman, presented by Southern Wesleyan’s Division of Science. Kaufman will give a presentation about the science behind this rare natural event.

This is a ticketed event. A registration link can be found at swu.edu/eclipse.

There will also be food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities at Gilbert Track and Field Complex, starting at Noon.

Following the eclipse, Mike O’Neal, a 31-year NASA veteran, will present “Spirituality and Spaceflight,” a multimedia presentation on the role of spirituality in human space flight, including audio and video of astronauts from the Apollo program and the International Space Station. This presentation will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center, 737 Wesleyan Drive, just a block away. Tickets for O’Neal’s presentation are just $5 and all proceeds will go to Southern Wesleyan’s Childs Hall Project. Seating is limited to 1,000. Tickets for O’Neal’s presentation will be available on the day of the event in the vendor area at Gilbert Track and Field. Contact Joy Bryant at (864) 644-5385 for group ticket reservations.

O’Neal, now retired from NASA, spent more than three decades working at Kennedy Space Center, and was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal as well as two Exceptional Service medals. Prior to his retirement from NASA, O’Neal completed a special assignment in which he investigated mechanisms to provide spiritual support for astronauts.
For details, ticket links and many eclipse-related resources, visit swu.edu/eclipse. A link to information for safely viewing the solar eclipse can be found at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.

Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. For details about degree programs, go online to swu.edu.

Join us in Central, South Carolina for the 2017 total solar eclipse at Southern Wesleyan University in upstate SC.

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