Archive for August, 2017

UHM – Kids Book Club

Presented by Duke Energy
Celebrate the importance of school with Jack and Annie in this prairie adventure! 
Please read the book prior to the meeting.
Register by calling 864-467-3100
Tuesday, September 5 at 3:30 pm

UHM – Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day
September 3 from 1-4 pm
Join Curious George as he learns about building this Labor Day weekend. Explore tools of the trade, work on building challenges, and visit with Curious George!

UHM – Monday Matinee

August 28 at 2:00 pm
In honor of the exhibition Over the Top,
join us for the 1957 Stanley Kubrick film,
Paths of Glory, staring  Kirk Douglas.
This event is FREE with Museum admission.

UHM – Kid’s Book Clob

Presented by Duke Energy
Jack and Annie are off on another adventure and this time they are in real trouble! Find out what happens when you read the book, then join us at the Museum for some shark-tastic fun!
Please read the book prior to the meeting.
Register by calling 864-467-3100
Tuesday, August 22 at 3:30 pm

UHM – Smithsonian Youth Advisory Council

Smithsonian Secretary’s
Youth Advisory Council
The Upcountry History Museum is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Smithsonian Secretary’s inaugural national Youth Advisory Council.
Applicants must be in 11th or 12th grade.
Applications due by August 25.

UHM – Lunchbox Learning

Over Here: Greenville during the Great War
Wednesday, September 6 at Noon
Join Dr. Courtney Tollison, of Furman University’s History Department, to learn how local Greenvillians supported the war effort 100 years ago. 
For reservations call 864-467-3100 

Hagood – Old-Time Fiddling Championship


South Carolina State Fiddling Championship

September 16, 2017, 11:00 am till 4:00 pm

at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

As autumn approaches and the leaves turn their brilliant colors, it signals the time for fiddle music in the mountains.  On September 16th vintage fiddle music will fill the hills and hollers around Hagood Mill as we once again host 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’s State Champion. This traditional contest goes back to the 1920s when Clemson University opened the doors of stately Tillman Hall to the local musicians of the nearby South Carolina Mountains for their music competition.

There will be cash prizes for competition in the senior and junior “Old time fiddle” categories, and senior and junior “open” categories as well as old-time string band, old-time banjo, and guitar categories.

*Fiddling styles other than “traditional old time” are welcome and encouraged to compete for cash prizes during the senior and junior “Open” competition.

We at Hagood Mill refer to the “Open” category as the “Wildcat Open” because just like the name suggests “Wildcat!” means anything goes as long as it is truly traditional music- singing (ballads, harmony singing, etc.), harmonica, quirky instruments (spoons, hambone, etc.).

While the other categories emphasize “Old Time” music (see link), this category is open to Bluegrass, Swing, Blues, Modern, and Gypsy instrumentation as well.

Contestants can register in person at Hagood Mill or by calling 864-898-2936.  Contestants may also register to compete at Hagood Mill on the day of the event before noonThere will be a $10.00 registration fee for those competing in the Senior “Old Time Fiddle” competition only.   More information about the rules, regulations, and prize money for this competition will be posted on our Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets very soon.

So come on out and sit a spell.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and set yourself to enjoy lively music and great food on the grounds of the historic old grist mill, which is the central destination for traditional music in the South Carolina Upcountry.

The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site will be open to the public during this event as well.

Admission is free to both the Hagood Mill Site and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site; however, there is a $5.00 parking fee, which is used to help offset costs 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.

We can’t wait to see you here!

There will be lots to see on September 16th 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, bobbin lace, bee-keeping and more! You can chat with 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, 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, and enjoy a special day at Hagood Mill.

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.

Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936, send an email to  or check out our website .