Deep Winter Blues

Did you know Upcountry South Carolina was a historical Mecca for the Blues?  Throughout the 1920's and 30's the streets of Laurens, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson counties reverberated with the music of bluesmen, street preachers and buskers all strolling enthusiastically with their tin cups extended.  Many of these musicians became famous on the streets of New York City during the folk revival of the 1950's and 60's. It is this tradition we will celebrate on February 18th at Hagood Mill. 

This year’s lineup features not one but two Folk Heritage Award winning bluesmen, Freddie Vanderford and Steve McGaha.  Together with accompanying musician Brandon Turner, the stage is likely to ignite, succumbing to the red hot tunes which are sure to abound.  No need to worry.  We will have our fire extinguishers standing by just in case.  

Hear the old music that made Upcountry South Carolina a famous “roots environment” for the Piedmont Blues -- some tunes primitive in nature and others coming from  the sweet soul of the South Carolina bluesmen of long ago.

As a special treat Freddie Vanderford will be hosting a harmonica workshop immediately following his performance.  Anyone interested in attending the workshop should bring along their favorite “harp” in the key of “C”.

There will be lots of other things to see on February 18th 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, bobbin lace,  leather-working and much more! You can ask questions of the artists and purchase their Traditional Arts to take home. 

As always we encourage visitors to bring their favorite old time instruments and join in on the “open jam” which takes place throughout the day under the ancient cedar beside our beloved 1791 log cabin.


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 help offset the 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 .


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138 Hagood Mill Rd.
Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 898-2936
Admission is Free $5 Parking Fee