Hagood – Homesteading Then & Now

Homesteading: Then and Now

Saturday, April 15, at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Do you enjoy being outdoors, breathing fresh mountain air, laughing, meeting interesting people, listening to great music, eating great food, and sharing knowledge? Do you enjoy, or want to learn more about gardening, sustainability, permaculture, mini-farming or raising chickens, rabbits, and other heritage breed farm animals?  If so, you absolutely do not want to miss out on the fun, exciting, and educational day Hagood Mill has put together for you on Saturday, April 15, 2017.  We already have a magnificent line up (with more activities coming in every day) filled with workshops, hands on demonstrations, heirloom seed swaps, plant sales, chickens galore, dowsing, and all the farming and homesteading information you need to start living that small scale farming lifestyle you have been dreaming and thinking of.  Start this growing season off right.  Get yourself, your family, and your friends to Hagood Mill on April 15.  You will be glad you did.

This year’s event is co-sponsored by the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina.  Kids and adults are welcome to take part in a variety of activities hosted by the museum including proper milking techniques with “Clarabelle the milking cow”, hand grinding corn, operating an old-fashioned water pump, corn darts, and much more.

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to meet and greet with one of the Southeast’s premiere heirloom seed providers, Heavenly Seed LLC.  This highly respected company will be onsite offering a variety of heirloom, open pollinated, and certified organic fruit and vegetable seeds for visitors to purchase.
Spend a little time at the seed swap table with Dr. Jim Veteto, and internationally recognized expert in agricultural diversity and a leading expert on traditional Appalachian farming systems.  Dr. Veteto is an assistant professor with the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina and plays a pivotal role serving as the Director of the Southern Seed Legacy Project and the Appalachian Institute For Mountain Studies located in Burnsville, North Carolina.  For an additional treat, and in conjunction with this event, Jim will be giving a special presentation at Hagood Mill on Friday April 14th starting at 6:30 p.m., sharing stories about his life and his mission to preserve and protect heirloom plant species.
The following is a small list of some of this year’s other activities and contributors.  4H chicken and rabbit clubs, Heritage breed animals, chicken coops by Randy Minnie Acres, Future Farmers of America (FFA), Clemson Extension, Table Rock Tea Company, Ladies Homesteading.org, Tri County Furry Friends, Clemson Area Food Exchange (CAFÉ), Eliza and Nathaniel Lord, Gardening Q & A, Eastatoee Community Farm, Laurel Creek Florals,  and Upstate SC Poultry.
 Local farms will be on hand selling plants, vegetables, hand cut herbs, and more.
One unique workshop we can’t fail to mention is the Introduction into Dowsing and Labyrinth Construction workshop hosted by the Appalachian Chapter of the American Society of Dowsers.  Dowsing is a system that connects conscious mind with total subconscious awareness.  If you have ever wondered about dowsing this is your opportunity to take part in a hands on immersion into this most interesting science.
April 15 is going to be a bustling day.  The City of Pickens will be hosting its annual Azalea Festival in uptown Pickens.  Shuttle buses will be on hand at the Azalea Festival and at Hagood Mill to move people to and from each event throughout the day.  If you start your day in town, the shuttle bus area will be found at the corner of Ann Street and Main Street, just 200 feet west of the Historic Pickens Water Tower.
So come on out, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
There will be lots of other things to see on April 15 as our historic site 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, bee keeping, and leather-working demonstrations.  Talk with the artists and make purchases of their Traditional Arts to take home.  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 Centerpiece of the Hagood Mill historic site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. One of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry, it 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 for purchase.  In addition, rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping corn meal, popping corn grits, organic yellow corn meal, organic yellow corn 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 plenty to see and do and lots of fun! There is a $5.00 parking feefor the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as to the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site.  All proceeds from parking help offset the costs incurred at Hagood Mill Historic Site.So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from the Gatehouse Restaurant, Toms Tasty Café, and enjoy a special day at the mill.

The Hagood Mill Historic Site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the third Saturday of every month.

Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens and 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway 11-just off South Carolina Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.
For additional information, please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at
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