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Appreciating Pickens through others’ eyes

For the last several years our editor has volunteered to lead one of the Marble Festival quarry tours. These are easily the highlight of the…

Town’s top historic attraction closed most days

Volunteers aging out 

The Old Jail at the north end of Jasper’s Main Street.

The Old Pickens Jail on Main Street was slated to be open for self-guided tours the weekend of the Marble Festival, but festival-goers who arrived around 2:30 on Saturday were met with a locked door on one of the few days  the historical landmark is open.  

The problem was a shortage of volunteers from the Marble Valley Historical Society, the non-profit that maintains the county-owned building. The few volunteers the 37-year-old organization does have are getting older and many have health issues. That Saturday, for example, the jail was manned with four volunteers in the morning but two had to leave. The rest of the afternoon was handled by member Bob Perdue and his wife who wasn’t feeling well. 

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