Ringing in the New Year!
For this year’s event, a few of us from Hagood Mill went on a journey deep into the mountain gorges, bushwhacking our way through dense patches of ‘dog hobble’, trudging across “crik” after “crik” in search of an elusive group of hillbilly mountain musicians; and, to our dismay, we actually found some.
Out of the upcountry mountains of South Carolina comes The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, playing hard charging, moonshine fueled bluegrass with a good dose of country humor thrown in for the folks. They hit the stage like Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, and the band's heroes on the Grand Old Opry such as Uncle Dave Macon used to do. Whether it's a foot stomping fiddle number or a solemn gospel number, this hillbilly band is the real deal.
Three Creeks Over, a splendid homegrown bluegrass/gospel band consisting of three young multitalented musicians will lead off the event around 11:30 am.
Don’t miss this one folks.
There will be lots of other things to see on January 21st as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metal-smithing, bee keeping, leather-working and more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of their Traditional Arts to take home.
The centerpiece of the Hagood Mill Historic Site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. It is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry and operates just as it has for the last century-and-a-half. The mill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground. corn meal, grits, and wheat flour will be available. In addition rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping corn meal, and grits, organic yellow corn meal and grits, and buckwheat flour are produced and may be available. Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items are also available.
There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. All proceeds from parking are considered donations to help offset costs at Hagood Mill.
So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a special day at the Hagood Mill.
The Hagood Mill historic site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the third Saturday of every month.
The Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 just off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.
For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar.
Pickens County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
- 138 Hagood Mill Rd.
Pickens, SC 29671
- (864) 898-2936
- Admission is Free $5 Parking Fee