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Pickens County was named for Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens
(1739-1817). The county seat is the town of Pickens. This area in
the northwestern corner of the state was Indian territory until
1777. It subsequently became part of Pendleton District (at one time
called Washington District). In 1826 Pendleton was divided into two
counties, Pickens and Anderson; the western portion of Pickens
County was later split off to form Oconee County (1868). The
earliest European settlers in this region were Indian traders. The
British built Fort Prince George around 1753 as protection against
the Indians, and the fort was the site of several battles in the
Cherokee War of 1760-62. The Cherokee town of Old Seneca was later
destroyed by American troops in 1776. John C. Calhoun (1782-1850),
United States vice president, senator, and cabinet member, made his
home at Fort Hill plantation in Pickens County. His son-in-law,
Thomas Green Clemson (1807-1888), bequeathed the plantation to the
state for use as an agricultural college, which led to the founding
of Clemson University. (Submitted by: SC State Library / Mary
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