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Learn new skills at the Holly Springs Center in Pickens Co.

PICKENS, S.C. – The Holly Springs Center is a non-profit community center in northern Pickens County that offers a variety of Appalachian heritage classes as well as a preschool and day camp.

“Holly Springs school was a major part of this community here in rural Pickens, and when the school closed, they were looking for a use for this building. The community was pretty heartbroken and there was a need for a preschool and to kind of celebrate the heritage of the area,”  Lauren Willis, Holly Springs Center treasurer and volunteer, explained. “I really support the [center’s] mission, and I think it really adds something to this community.”

The whole family can learn new skills, such as ceramics, woodworking, stain glass, basket and loom weaving, Bob Ross’ method of painting, cooking and canning, sewing, quilting, yoga, family genealogy, jewelry making, and so much more at the center’s School of Mountain Arts and Heritage.

“In the winter, we try to offer as many classes as possible because we know that people are looking for something to do indoors when it’s cold,” Willis said. “We look forward to filling up the first quarter’s calendar with a lot of opportunities for people to the School of Mountain Arts and Heritage courses.”

Click to view the School of Mountain Arts Class and Heritage Schedule.

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The center offers a year-round preschool program, field trip visits, and day camps throughout the year and during the summer.

“On field trips, they can learn square dancing, genealogy and we do a nature trail walk,” Willis explained. “For our youngest kids, we have a full-day preschool that serves about 60 kids right now, ages two to four, with full daycare. We kind of take that Appalachian root and heritage and intertwine it into all of our programs.”

“We also offer in-service camps for school-aged kids any time the school has a holiday we are open for camp. That serves a lot of families in our community,” Willis said. “In the summer, we do summer day camps for the kids all day, which has been a huge hit because the kids get to be kids and they play outside. They play in the creek. They get to do some of the crafts that we teach adults. They come home filthy every night, and I’m just thrilled because as a working parent that’s difficult to kind of provide them with the lazy summer that I had and the fact that they get it here is amazing.”

Willis mentioned their summer camp program fills up quickly, so do not wait to sign up.

The Holly Springs Center is located at 120 Holly Springs School Road in Pickens. The center also allows event rentals and group courses for birthday parties or groups such as Girl Scouts or 4-H.


The center also offers an artisan gallery and gift shop, featuring local artists.

If you would like to take a class or learn more about the Holly Springs Center and all it offers, visit hollyspringscenter.com or call (864) 878-9335. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram for their latest classes and events.

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