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.

Steven Faucette of Williamston, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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.

Denise Campbell of Pickens, 2004 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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 Pickens

Kathy Dickerson of Greenwood, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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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5 Comments about Hagood Mill

T.Catani-HaynesNo Gravatar says:
December 16th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I really love this place, but kinda of fear that maybe TOO much may be added to it. It would be a shame to turn it into another “Dollywood” just to make a few bucks. We live out in the countryside and must pass it every time we go to and from town. It always looked so pristine; much like driving through a long ago place in time. We hate to see that change. Seems like that amphitheater in town could do the job of providing a place to entertain tourists. With all this “development” comes more cars, more traffic, more noise, etc. I dread having to get to town (or anywhere else) when the mill has some big (and likely more frequent), music event going on. I guess we’ll just have to go well out of our way to avoid all the frenzy and human congestion, now… Oh, well… I guess big city tourist commercialism has found Pickens at last… So sad… Gonna really miss that beautiful, quiet, historic country road.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
August 15th, 2011 at 9:48 am

Hi Deb! You can order Hagood Mill grits from the following website:


DebNo Gravatar says:
August 14th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

We visited the Hagood Mill a couple of years ago. My great grandfather use to work at the mill. While there we bought some of the wonderful tasty grits. We would like to have get some more and wondered if we could order on line somewhere? We live in Colorado and can’t get back this year. Thank you.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
February 14th, 2011 at 9:33 am

Hi Danny! The mill currently opens each weekend to grind grain into grits, corn meal and flour. On many weekends, visitors can visit and learn about traditional arts and folk life from over 20 demonstrators of such crafts as milling, blacksmithing, quilting and the like. You can call the mill at 864-898-2936 to find out more! Hope this helps – SCIWAY

Danny CarnesNo Gravatar says:
February 13th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I’m an Upstate artist & photographer. I wanted to come by an take some pictures of Hagood Mill, and was wondering if the mill still stands and is open to the public


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