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Heritage and Culture

Past and Present Meet Here

Pickens County abounds in historic and cultural significance, with today's residents and visitors drawing inspiration from our diverse history, from the Cherokee to Revolutionary War patriot General Andrew Pickens, from statesman John C. Calhoun to the growth of the railroad, from farming to the textile industry to today's colleges and manufacturing companies.

Sample historic homes and gardens, like Fort Hill Plantation, home of vice president John Calhoun, where there is also an extensive collection of art, furnishings, books and artifacts from the past, many original belongings of the Calhoun family. See ancient pictoglyphs carved by pre-historic people at Hagood Mill and other sites throughout the county. Travel through all eras of the Pendleton region's history at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, where you can learn about Native People, statesmen and heroes, businessmen and artists, legendary heroes and everyday life. Visit Hopewell Plantation, home of the county's namesake, General Pickens, or learn more about life in the Lowcountry at the French Hugenot Hanover House, preserved and relocated to the South Carolina Botanical Garden.

Our cemeteries, libraries and genealogical societies will help you reach into the past to discover more about the region, or perhaps more about yourself.

Let past and present inspire you as you pick the best of Pickens County.


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Learn more about all Pickens County has to offer. Historic sites, centers for science and learning, museums, tourism centers, and places to explore all enrich your visit to beautiful Pickens County.


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The past is all around you here in Pickens County. Learn how people lived in other times, visit places of cultural significance, and understand how the past enriches the present.


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From railroads to rocks, from famous folks to fun-filled adventures, from amazing art to gracious gardens, our museums will bring you closer to the history, culture and future of Pickens County.