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Pickens County Historic Marker


Location of sign - Junction of Highway 17 and Highway 86, Carrollton, Alabama


Photo taken- December 2006


Pickens County Historic Marker

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:


Pickens County Courthouse


Erected 1877-78


Pickens County, named for General Andrew Pickens of South Carolina, was established December 19, 1820.  First County Site 

was Pickensville.  On March 5, 1830, the government awarded 80 acres of land at Carrollton for the County Site. The first 

courthouse was erected at Carrollton was burned on April 5, 1865, by troops of Union General John T. Croxton.  A freedman,

Henry Wells, was accused of burning the second on November 16, 1876.  He was arrested in January, 1878, and held in the garret 

of this building.  Legend holds that as Wells peered out of the North window at a mob gathering below, lightning struck nearby, 

indelibly etching his image on the pane.


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