Old Pickens Jail

Also known as: Pickens Jail, Pickens County Museum
Johnson and Pendleton Sts., Pickens, South Carolina

Early 20th Century county jail


Pickens County Museum

Photo taken by Michael Miller


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The Old Pickens Jail is significant as one of the few early jails still in existence in Piedmont South Carolina. An important landmark in Pickens, the Pickens Jail was originally constructed in 1903 to serve as both a detention facility for county criminals and as the home for the Sheriff of Pickens County and his family. The living quarters for the Sheriff were located in the west side of the building and a small two-story cellblock was located in the east. In 1928 the east side of the building was expanded in order to provide additional space for the cellblock. The Jail is a two-story structure constructed of brick laid in common bond. It features a hip roof with two interior chimneys and 1/1 segmental arch windows with granite sills. At its northeast corner is a two-story crenellated tower constructed of brick laid in Flemish bond. Used as a detention facility until August 1975, the Old Pickens County Jail has since been used as a historical museum and art gallery. Listed in the National Register April 11, 1979. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1979
Reference number
Areas of significance
Law; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Correctional facility; Single dwelling
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1903

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"
  • November 11, 2013: New photo from Michael Miller