Historic Old Pickens Foundation schedules Veterans Day ceremony

PICKENS — The board of directors of the Historic Old Pickens Foundation would like to invite everyone to a dedication ceremony to honor the past.

Recently, an 1887 pump organ was donated and installed at the Old Pickens Presbyterian Church. The ceremony will take place at the church, located just off of S.C. 183 near the entrance to Duke Energy, on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m. Honored guests will include Carolyn Yonally from Greenville and her family. They are the generous donors of the organ. Those attending will learn the interesting history of the organ, how it was built and hear the organ played by Jane Pridgen of Salem.

Those attending will also learn brief histories of the town of Pickens Court House and Old Pickens Presbyterian Church. This area was the original county seat before it was divided into the two counties of Pickens and Oconee. This presentation will be made by long time board member Annie Brown of Salem.
Because the date is Veterans Day, the ceremony will include a presentation by honored guests Dalwayne and Sunday Caradine. Dressed in period clothing, the Caradines will share information they have collected concerning local veterans who participated in America’s early wars. They have traced their family’s military history to the area of Old Pickens District. Their part of the program will include raising a 15-star flag, laying a wreath at the grave of Col. Jethro Norton and the playing of Taps.

Refreshments will be served, and there is no charge for this event.