Please pardon our dust

We have found most community engagement occurs via social media, therefore this site is being deprecated and eventually removed. Please take note below of access to Pickens County Historical Society content and the Old Jail which we curate.

Please access the following Facebook pages to get the MOST UP TO DATE information and activities regarding the Pickens County Historical Society.



Email pickenshistorical@gmail.com

Get Involved

We are in need of volunteers to maintain hours at the jail, perform tasks, and assist where possible. Please refer to the above sites and email to inquire on membership and volunteer activities.

Our cities, towns and neighborhoods

There is so much to see in Pickens County! If you haven’t already, be sure to visit our towns, Talking Rock, Tate, Nelson, Jasper, Marble Hill.

Historical Markers

Pickens County was created December 5, 1853, and named for General Andrew Pickens of Revolutionary fame. The first settlements sprang up along the Old Federal Road which followed in general the route of the highway through Tate, Jasper and Talking Rock. Mount Oglethorpe (formerly called Grassy Knob), Burrell Top of Burnt Mountain and Sharp Top Mountain dominate the skyline in the northeastern part of the county; to the southwest is Sharp Mountain. Erected in 1953 by the Georgia Historical Commission.

Our history

Pickens County is full of interesting history. We encourage you to learn more about it and be as fascinated with it as we are by it.

Support us so that we can preserve more of our Pickens history

Members get access to exclusive exhibits, events, and promotional opportunities