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Pickens' Old Jail open for 2012 tours

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By Maria Boling

The sun was shinning on Pickens County’s Old Jail last Saturday.  Ruth Wall, President of the Marble Valley Historical Society, Inc., opened the doors; let in the sweet spring air and began the 2012 season.

The MVHS, Inc. assumed responsibility for The Old Jail when it was evacuated in 1982.  They raised money for rehabilitation and restoration of the facility and added a Pickens County Museum and Law Enforcement Exhibit.  Among the displays are the 1906 construction plan and contract.

Tours are a reasonable $3.  The Marble Valley Historical Society members hold open the facility to the public on weekends from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. from April to October.

 

When it confined prisoners the historic facility, referred to locally as “The Old Jail”, usually housed more inmates than the sixteen bed cellblock should accommodate.  One court week there were thirty prisoners behind bars!  Living quarters for the jailer and his family were on the first floor and the unique cell block was located, and still is, on the second floor.

The jail, built in 1906, was placed in the National Register of Historic Buildings in 1982. The Pickens County Sheriffs Department moved into the current jail in January, 2006, the fifth jail for our 156 year old county.

A visitor will see both the captives “bean hole”, “peep hole” and the gallows-- never-used but nonetheless eerie.

Tours are a reasonable $3.  The Marble Valley Historical Society members hold open the facility to the public on weekends from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. from April to October.