Festifall 2014 is coming!


Walnut Grove Plantation comes to life the first weekend in October as over 200 re-enactors, storytellers and artisans transform the 1765 homestead into a living colonial village. The event features music, dancing, toy making, cooking, weaving, woodworking, basketry, candle dipping, and much more! Re-enactments of loyalist partisan William Cunningham’s deadly 1780 raid on the Plantation and 18th-century military demonstrations will take place both days and are not to be missed! Authors Sheila Ingle, Jack Parker, Kathy Cann and Mary Ann Solesbee will be on hand signing books for all ages, and Bubba’s BBQ will offer tasty victuals for those with a discerning palate. Don’t miss the biggest and best living history event in South Carolina!

Saturday, October 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
11 a.m. Overmountain Victory Trail Association Presentation
12 p.m. Re-enactment of William Cunningham’s Raid
2 p.m. Artillery Demonstration
3 p.m. Benefit Auction
4 p.m. Battle Demonstration

Sunday, October 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
10 a.m. Back Country Prayer Meeting
11 a.m. Overmountain Victory Trail Association Presentation
12 p.m. Artillery Demonstration
1 p.m. Re-enactment of William Cunningham’s Raid

October 4-5
Admission: $10/Ages 18+; $5/Ages 5-17; SCHA Members receive $1 off each ticket

Contact Julius Dargan at julius.dargan@spartanburghistory.org or call (864) 591-5596


Festifall is part of Relive Our Revolution Week and is presented in partnership with Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park, Overmountain Victory Trail, and the City of Gaffney.  Visithttp://rev-war-weekend.com for more information.

USC Upstate Constitution Day Lecture


SCHA – Relive our Revolution!


SCHA is partnering with the National Park Service, the Spartanburg Visitors and Convention Bureau, the City of Gaffney, and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association to present Relive our Revolution: A Revolutionary War Weekend October 3-7.  Visit  rev-war-weekend.com for a complete schedule of events and more information from our partners.


UHM to Participate in Tenth Annual Museum Day Live

GREENVILLE, S.C.- The Upcountry History Museum – Furman University will open its doors on Saturday, September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at participating museums or cultural institutions. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

“The Upcountry History Museum – Furman University connects people, history, and culture. Museum Day Live! will provide us with the opportunity to showcase the stories, events, and characters that have shaped the history of the Upcountry of South Carolina. In the spirit of the Smithsonian we look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors to the History Museum and to engage them with the Upcountry’s rich history,” says Dana Thorpe,  Executive Director of the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University.

Located at Heritage Green in downtown Greenville, the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University brings the best of the museum world to the Upcountry. Spanning two floors of permanent and changing exhibit galleries, the museum tells the story of the Upcountry and features a year-round calendar of changing exhibits and programs that dive deeper into history, art, science, and culture.

This year, Museum Day Live! at the Upcountry History Museum will include admission toThe Amazing Castle. Combining history and fantasy, visitors to The Amazing Castle are transported to a magical place and time. Within the castle’s stone walls is a community where every citizen has a special job to do.  Children can don costumes and engage in role-play by becoming lords and ladies, castle villagers, or even “HiJinx the Jester.”

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! tickets will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.

For more information about this event or exhibits offered by the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University, please contact the museum at864-467-3100 or info@upcountryhistory.org.

September Events for TR Historical Society

  • Thurs, Sept 11th – Story Telling at the Library
  • Tues, Sept 16th – TR Historical Society Mtg at City Hall
  • Thurs, Sept 25th – Textile Program at TR Library on Renfrew and Slater

South Carolina State Fiddling Championship

2011 - Stringband champs Pinetop Revival

As autumn approaches and the leaves turn their brilliant colors, it signals the time for fiddle music in the mountains.  On September 20thvintage fiddle music will fill the hills and hollers around Hagood Mill as it becomes the host for the annual South Carolina Fiddling Championship. Some of the best fiddlers in the southeast will gather to compete for the title of South Carolina champion. This traditional contest goes back to the 1920s when Clemson University opened the doors of rustic Tillman Hall to the local musicians of the nearby South Carolina mountains for their music competition.

There will be monetary  prizes for competition in senior and junior fiddle categories as well as olde time string band,  olde time banjo, guitar, and junior open.

Bring a lawn chair and set yourself to enjoy lively music and good food on the grounds of the historic old grist mill that is the central destination for traditional music in the South Carolina upcountry.

Development of an on-line registration form has been delayed. Contestants can register by calling 864.898.2936 or at the Hagood Mill on the day of the event. For more information about the rules and regulations for this event please go towww.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar.

Come and enjoy!

There will be lots to see on September 20th 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, 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! 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 11off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

  “Music in the Mountains 2014” is sponsored by a private benefactor. For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .

Wilderness Survival Returns to Hagood Mill

Pickens County Hagood Mill welcomes back EarthSkills wilderness self-reliance workshop for 2014. This hands-on survival class is open to all adults and runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month from September through November. Each class is limited to 10 students.

EarthSkills instructor, U.S. Army veteran Alex Garcia, returns with an expanded training schedule to augment last year’s introductory classes. September 27th leads this year’s schedule with Survival Knife Skills, basics of the number one tool in wilderness survival.  The cost for this class is $65 per student.  On October 25th students will be challenged with Trapping Fish and Small Game, hands-on instruction on using natural materials to provide meat for your meals.  The fee for this class will be $60 per student.  November’s cooler weather will be the perfect time to sign up for Creating Fire: Part Two. This last class on November 22, 2014will provide in-depth knowledge on how to identify and gather fire-making materials and create a fire using several natural methods.  There will be a $65 fee for this class.  Please visit www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendarfor registration and payment options or call the Hagood Mill at 864.898.2936.

EarthSkills was founded in July 2013 by Garcia with the purpose of helping re-introduce people to the bounty of nature and teaching the skills our culture once depended on to prosper as human beings.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Garcia, contact him at 864/979-5653 or newearthskills@gmail.com.

An avid outdoorsman, Garcia is a 21-year Army and National Guard veteran. His varied military occupational specialties include the light infantry where he led a 44-member rifle platoon, to serving as B-team commander of a Special Forces detachment for three years. In civilian life, his ongoing attendance of formal survival schools continues to refine his wilderness skills. He focuses his studies on the geography and wildlife of the Appalachian and coastal regions.


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