SCHA – Festifall Volunteers

We’re seeking volunteers for Festifall 2015 at Walnut Grove Plantation (October 3 and 4, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4).  Extra help is needed to administer surveys, greet and record entrants, monitor cemetery, and more!  All volunteers get free admission on both days and a free meal on the day they volunteer.  Contact Caroline Sexton at (864) 596-3501 or for more details or to sign up.

SCHA – Lunch & Learn: Maps Alive! Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion, 1825-1854

Which future U.S. President did Seminole Chief Billy Bowlegs defeat at the Battle of Lake Okeechobee? What mysterious government installation was planned for Chester County in the 1830s? Which former state capitals have vanished from history? Where was America’s first superhighway? Get the answers to these questions and more in the third installment of Ron Swain’s Maps Alive! presentation series, presented as the August installment of our monthly Lunch & Learn lecture series. As in the first two segments, Swain will use historic maps to illustrate political and social changes in our nation’s history and illuminate little-known chapters in the story of the United States along the way.

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. Tickets and a limited number of lunches will be available at the door.

$5/ticket only; FREE/SCHA Members
$15/ticket and sandwich or salad box (includes beverage and dessert)

For more info and to reserve tickets, visit our  website.

Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of SC

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The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of SC, formerly known as the Rock Art Center, will open to the public on the third Saturday, September 19th during the Fiddling Championship at Hagood Mill. This will be a soft opening with plans being made for an official dedication to recognize donors, have speakers, and unveil plaques to be held at a later date.

 The Petroglyph Site will be open regularly to the public three days each week, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10am – 4 pm.

 On Wednesday and Friday the site is free to visitors with no parking charge.   On a third Saturday there is a $5 parking fee, but admission to the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site as well as the Hagood Mill remains free.

 This lovely building is handicapped accessible, climate controlled, includes an orientation lobby where visitors will find information from Tommy Charles’s book SC Rock Art displayed on the walls, see display cases with “portable petroglyphs” from the area, and hear a video with the story of the discovery and dig.

 Visitors will move from the lobby into the main Viewing Room,  From the comfort of a viewing ramp, in a darkened environment, visitors will be treated to a light show with audio narration from Tommy Charles telling about specific petroglyphs. 

 The program is designed for the enjoyment of a variety of audiences – small school children, academics, local community, and international tourists. 

 There are thirty-two distinct petroglyphs at this site, eighteen represent people, and several are abstracts, but they all have one thing in common – THEY ARE AWSOME. Plan your visit today.

 The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of SC is located on the Historic Hagood Mill property located at 138 Hagood Mill Rd, Pickens, SC 29671.

 More information will be posted as it becomes available on the new website which is in design and set to launch soon.  Currently, information is posted on the Pickens County Tourism website at  Should you have questions please contact the Tourism & Marketing Director at 864.898.5585 or email .

South Carolina State Fiddling Championship


South Carolina State Fiddling Championship

September 19, 2015, 11:00 am till 4:00 pm

at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

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As autumn approaches and the leaves turn their brilliant colors, it signals the time for fiddle music in the mountains.  On September 19thvintage fiddle music will fill the hills and hollers around Hagood Mill as it becomes the host for the annual South Carolina Old Time 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 cash prizes for competition in senior and junior fiddle categories as well as old- time string band,  old- time banjo, guitar, and “wild cat” open categories.

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.

Contestants can register online (see link below) or by calling 864.898.2936.  Contestants may also register at the Hagood Mill on the day of the event before 12:00 noonThere will be a $10.00 registration fee for those competing in the Senior Fiddle competition only.   For more information about the rules and regulations for this event please go to

Admission is free, however there will be a $5.00 parking fee for this rain or shine event.  (All proceeds from parking help fund future events at Hagood Mill.)

The gristmill will be operating and mountain crafts demonstrations will be 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 cabin.

The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of SC, formerly known as the Rock Art Center, will open to the public on the third Saturday, during the Fiddling Championship at Hagood Mill. This will be a soft opening with plans being made for an official dedication to recognize donors, have speakers, and unveil plaques to be held at a later date.

The Petroglyph Site will be open (free admission) regularly to the public three days each week, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from10am – 4 pm

We can’t wait to see you here!

There will be lots to see on September 19th 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…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.

Pickens County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

“Music in the Mountains 2015” is sponsored by a private benefactor and the kind donations of visitors like you. For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at

ACM – Pirate Ships and Chocolate Chips

ACM – Real Pirates and Explorers of South Carolina

Tuesday, September 8 at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets: $7 per child    Ages: 7 – 13
Reservations only – limited seating.
This hour long event is for children ages 7 to 13. Hear the interactive story of Hernando de Soto, touch artifacts and natural resources used on his expedition. Children will make art with Spanish moss and dress up in explorer and pirate costumes for a photo booth. Tickets must  be purchased in advance. There will be no tickets sold at the door.

UHM – Lunchbox Learning

Friday, September 11
Noon to 1:00 pm
Spend your lunch hour at the Museum and learn about Carolina Planters on the Alabama Frontier
FREE with Museum Admission
To reserve your Chick-fil-A meal call 864-467-3100 or email today
Boxed lunch – $7
Vegetarian salad – $6


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