Opening, hours announced for Hagood-Mauldin House

PICKENS — The Pickens County Historical Society will again offer tours of the historic Hagood-Mauldin House during 2014.

The home will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on every third Saturday of the month beginning April 19 and continuing through October. The home will also be open on special event days in Pickens, such as the Azalea Festival and Founders Day. Individual, student, and group tours are welcomed and can be arranged by contacting Martha Seaborn-Bolding at or (864) 421-4771. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children and students under 18.

The Hagood-Mauldin House, located at 104 N. Lewis St. in Pickens, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is significant for its architecture and for its association with James Earle Hagood and Judge Thomas J. Mauldin.

The original one-story frame house was built around 1856 in the town of Old Pickens Court House. It was constructed using log beams and joists at the floor and attic, each carefully cut, fitted, and pegged. The first owner, James Earle Hagood was a public official, lawyer, and planter in Pickens District. When Pickens District was divided into Oconee County and Pickens County in 1868, the house was disassembled and each board and beam was carefully numbered. It was loaded onto wagons and reconstructed at its present site in the “new” town of Pickens. It is believed that Mr. Hagood made additions to the house shortly after 1868 and later in 1886. Judge Thomas J. Mauldin expanded the front porch to a Classical Revival style in 1904 and also added, just to the south of the house, a smaller Classical Revival style building that he used as his law office.

The Pickens County Historical Society is chartered for the purpose of perpetuating and disseminating area historical knowledge, artifacts, and heritage as well as to protect historically significant structures, places, and elements in Pickens County and South Carolina.

Founded 56 years ago, the Society is an active, community-engaged organization of over eight hundred members. Partnering with numerous other organizations and government agencies, it is involved in many projects that benefit the people and interests of the region. For membership information please visit the Pickens County Historical Society on the web or call (864) 878-1322.