BAMA – Buggy Family Fun Day

13606879_1249121705099115_1444820775935755343_nJoin us for a morning of free family fun where bugs of all shapes and sizes will put on a show at the Belton Depot on Saturday, August 6, from 9 AM – noon.

Crafts, games, story time, gardening, premiere of the movie A Bug’s Life, buggy snacks and encounters with live bugs are planned for your family to enjoy! Held in conjunction with the exhibit Butterflies, Beetles, and Bugs, Oh My! on display until August 27, families can enjoy the interactive exhibits addition to the planned activities.

Several local, state, and national legislators have been invited to join us to lead the fun as part of the “Invite Your Congressman to Your Museum Week.”

Call Executive Director Abigail Burden at 338-7400 for more information.  Make plans to attend today!

Caption:  Anna Rose and Nathanael Burden show off their bug catches.

Hagood Mill – Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Revue

Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Revue at Hagood Mill

Saturday, August 20th, 11:00 am till 3:00pm6f0f3e56-f624-4a1f-9ebf-6fb30a08bf37

The wheel will be turning and the hills resounding in song at Hagood Mill on Saturday, August 20th, as we host an old time camp style sing-along just like our forefathers did 100 years ago.  Bring your lawn chair or blanket to Hagood Mill and be prepared to sing all the familiar old gospel songs with our heritage singers.  This year’s event features a grand compilation of local musicians which includes Last Road Bluegrass Band, Lib Porter and Heartstrings, and Becky Stovall

 Leading off the show around 11:00 am will be local musician, singer/songwriter, Becky Stovall.  Becky plays an eclectic mix of upbeat Old Time gospel tunes, Gospel Blues, and even includes a few Mountain Gospel ballads that will make your heart weep with sadness and joy.

Around noon the songs will be led by the glorious gospel renderings of Lib Porter and Heartstrings.  Lib’s sonorous singing will be punctuated by the “Mother Maybelle” type playing of her autoharp and the accompanying stringed music of the Heartstrings.

Beginning around 1:00 pm, Last Road will take the stage performing an old-style gospel set.  Last Road is a name that folks have heard around South Carolina for years and know that, no matter what, these guys can be counted on for quality bluegrass. Boasting some of the finest vocals to be heard anywhere, Last Road is now performing many of their own original songs supported by tight instrumentation. Wherever you find them performing around the Southeast you’ll be entertained by their traditional bluegrass and light-humored style.

The gristmill and other demonstrations will be running from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

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

Admission is free to the Hagood Mill Site and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site, however there will be a $5.00 parking fee for this rain or shine event.  (All proceeds from parking help fund Hagood Mill.)

So pack up the car, head on out, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

There will be lots of other things to see on August 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, bee keeping 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.  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 in stock.  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, share a picnic, or 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 and operates, rain or shine, for a special folklife 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.

Pickens County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For additional information, please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website

PCM – Pickens County Corrects Factual Errors in Media Report

Pickens County Corrects Factual Errors in Media Report

Museum Finances Handled Appropriately

A recent media report claims that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has a pending inquiry into the finances of the Pickens County Museum.  We are informed that a former employee of the Museum, Allen Coleman, contacted the Attorney General’s Office at some point after he was terminated by the County for inappropriate conduct.

We were contacted by SLED last month, and we provided them with all information they requested.  We also referred them to our external auditing firm for an outside perspective on the county’s financial management practices, both generally and as it pertains to the Museum.   We are informed that this preliminary contact from SLED was only made to determine if sufficient information exists to warrant an actual investigation, and that this is a routine step when a citizen complaint is received.

There are no financial irregularities or monies transferred from designated accounts into the County’s General Fund as alleged.  While the media report indicates that over $70,000.00 was “drawn out” of museum accounts, this assertion is completely without a factual basis.  Records that are readily available to the public from the Finance Office show a fund balance in the contingency account for the Museum of $73,318.00 as of today’s date, with any and all revenues and expenditures accurately recorded.   Much of this information is also available on the County website.

As a reminder, Pickens County is audited annually by an independent external auditing firm.  In our most recent audit, this firm noted that there were no material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, or noncompliance with financial statements noted.  In fact, Pickens County has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for eleven (11) consecutive years.

It is correct that the County Museum is going through a transition in leadership. But it is wildly inaccurate to suggest that the County is withdrawing support for the Museum or its mission.  In fact, Pickens County Council is currently considering an additional $120,000.00 budget outlay for repairs to the facility.

Please contact Lauren Gilstrap at 864 898 5831 or further information.

PCM – Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River


Karen Peck and New River is a four-time Grammy Award Nominated and four-time GMA Dove Award Winning Southern Gospel Group. They have had over fifteen number one hits. Karen’s flawless soprano voice has made its way into the hearts of Gospel Music lovers across the country and garnered an unprecedented eleven Favorite Soprano FAwards from the readers of The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel Music’s leading fan and trade publication.


Date: August 18
Time: 7:00 pm
  Cost: Adults $18, children $10, Lap Children, Free
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Liberty Civic Auditorium
314 W. Main St.
Liberty, SC 29657 United States + Google Map

SCHA – Calling All Seay Descendants

unnamedSCHA is collecting contact information for all Seay Family Descendants!

If you have traced your heritage to the Seay Family, we want to hear from you!
Please  and include your lineage to the Seays and your mailing address.

As part of our the grand re-opening of the Seay House this September, we would like to contact all Seays by mail.
864-596-3501 if you have any questions

SCHA – Lunch & Learn

unnamedPart 4: Shattered Dreams
Friday, July 22
FREE to SCHA Members

Ron Swain will present Part 4 of Maps Alive! “Shattered Dreams” will examin historical maps from 1855-1870, showing free and slave states and northern maps of southern harbors and fortifications. Don’t miss this installment of our most popular series!

Lunch & Learns are held in the Callie and John Rainey Conference Room in the west wing of Chapman Cultural Center. Catered lunches will be available through Palmetto Palate, reserved in advance through our gift shop of the Regional History Museum (864.596.3501). Tickets will be available at the door.

$5/ticket only; FREE/SCHA Members

$15/ticket and sandwich or salad box (includes beverage and dessert)

July 2016 – Meeting Minutes

MeetingMinutesPhoto.jpgMinutes from the July 2016 meeting are now available on the meeting minutes page. Next meeting will be October 12th at 10am.


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