About the Liberty Area

Liberty, SC is a thriving city, centrally located in Pickens County. Throughout the Liberty, SC area, neighbors become friends and traditional small-town life, rural surroundings and growth attract an increasing number of residents and visitors every year.


According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates in 2016:

Population of Liberty, SC



Median Age of Population

Housing Units In City

A Brief History


No one knows for sure how Liberty, SC got its name, but the most reliable accounts trace it to a settlement that was called Liberty Springs by the year.


A nearby area called Salubrity Springs is sometimes considered as the origin of Liberty where Rev. Allen Fuller set up a post office in the area. That post office was called "Salubrity," and some people have suggested that the name Liberty may have descended from that name.


According to a 1935 marker found on the Veteran's Service Station:"Liberty was founded in 1775 by a group of patriots and was named for that principle for which they so bravely fought."


The most convenient and comprehensive record of Liberty is in a book titled, Liberty South Carolina, One Hundred Years 1876-1976, by Julia Jean Woodson (Author),‎ G. Anne Sheriff (Author),‎ Tom Flowers (Illustrator). The book is available at the Liberty branch of the Pickens County Library.

Important Destinations

Pickens County Airport

The Pickens County Airport (LQK) serves the Greater Liberty, SC area. It’s located just a stone’s throw from Downtown and has the ability to service a large variety of general aviation aircraft.

The Pickens Airport also hosts car rental services.

The airport is located at 240 Airport Rd, Liberty, SC 29657.

According to the 2018 South Carolina Airport Directory and Pilot’s Guide, the manager of the Pickens County Airport is Carlos Salinas whom you may contact at csalinas@co.pickens.sc.us or 864-843-5803 with any questions.

Also, according to the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission’s Statewide Aviation System Plan and Economic Impact Report, Pickens County Airport employs 61 people and creates $6.75 million in total annual economic activity.

The airport also generates $285,760 in tax revenue.

Pickens County Library

Liberty’s first library opened in 1947 at the behest of the Liberty Women’s Club, occupying humble accommodations in an upstairs room in Liberty City Hall. In 1958, the library moved to second-floor accommodations above a shop on Commerce Street.

By the end of the year in 1964, the Sarlin family donated property on Palmetto Street where a new library was built. After opening in 1966, the library again expanded in 1977 and remained there until the present facility opened in 1996.

From the Sarlin Branch, the Pickens County Library system serves Pickens County residents with traditional and digital information resources. They also host numerous other educational and cultural services.

You can visit the Sarlin Branch of the Pickens County Library System at 15 South Palmetto St, Liberty, SC 29657. You can also access the Pickens County Library System online at https://pickenscountylibrarysystem.com/.

Library Hours

Pickens County Performing Art Center

People from all across the upstate of South Carolina and beyond visit Liberty to attend the numerous high profile local and regional events hosted at the facility.

After recent renovations, the facility has the equipment and technology to accommodate world-class musical performances and dramatic productions.

Right now, the venue seats more than 600 people and has lighting and sound systems that make people in every seat feel like part of the action. Available amenities include a box office, concession area, dressing rooms, and a green room.

To learn more about upcoming performances, call (864) 898-5963. You can also visit the Pickens County Performing Arts Center on Facebook.

The Pickens County Performing Arts Center is located at  314 W. Main Street, Liberty, SC 29657.

Pickens County Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels’ McKissick Center in Liberty provides volunteer opportunities for people who want to serve others. Right now, Pickens County Meals on Wheels serves more than 260 homebound residents with home-delivered meals.

The organization also hosts a variety of community events and makes the McKissick Center’s available for rent.

To learn more, visit the Pickens County Meals on Wheels website (pcmow.org), visit them at 349 Edgemont Avenue, Liberty, SC 29657, or call them at 864-855-3770.

Pickens County Magistrate Court

Pickens County has four magistrates, all of whom are based in the William A. McWhorter building in Liberty, SC. The facility is located at 310 W. Main Street, Liberty, SC.

You can contact the magistrates’ office by phone at 864-898-5551 or fax at 864-843-4652.

To learn more about the Pickens County Magistrate Court, visit their page on the Pickens County website.