Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Revue at Hagood Mill
Saturday, August 20th, 11:00 am till 3:00pm
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 atwww.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar