Hagood Mill – Pickens, South Carolina
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Hagood Mill, managed by the Pickens County Cultural Commission, is an 1845 gristmill and one of the Upstate’s historical and cultural treasures. It closed its doors in the 1960s and made it on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. After an extensive restoration, it reopened as a museum and working mill in 1997.
The mill currently opens each weekend to grind grain into grits, corn meal and flour. On many weekends, visitors can also learn about traditional arts and folk life from over 20 demonstrators of such crafts as milling, blacksmithing, quilting and the like. These mini-festivals also draw many musicians, from traditional string bands to blues to gospel. Such renowned pickers as Nick Hallman – pictured below – regularly entertain folks with their traditional bluegrass sound.
Photographer Denise Campbell writes: “A Saturday spent with church friends led us to the Historic Hagood Mill. The mill was running and many people were there enjoying the day. Being at the mill took us back into a time period we knew nothing of but thoroughly enjoyed and respected.”
Hagood Mill is located at 640 Hagood Mill Road, which is three miles north of the town of Pickens on SC 178.