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, but 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 listed in the National Register:
Hagood Mill is a good example of the simple, functional building style employed by South Carolina upcountry pioneers in the first half of the nineteenth century. The gristmill and wooden water wheel remain as originally constructed with no alterations or additions and is one of the few such mills still in existence in South Carolina. Built in ca. 1826, the mill is an unpainted, two-story clapboard building mounted on a fieldstone foundation. Early construction methods are evidenced by hand hewn logs notched and pegged together to form the framework. Hagood Mill was built by James E. Hagood who served as clerk of court for Pickens District for many years. The mill was once part of an early commercial complex including the Hagood Store which no longer exists. Both mill and store were gathering places for residents of the surrounding agricultural area who came here frequently to have grain ground into flour and grist and to purchase supplies.
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Address: 640 Hagood Mill Road, SC 29671
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