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Battlefield Preservation Group

You are invited to attend a meeting for reviewing the draft “Battlefield Preservation Communication & Outreach Plan.” We will review key priorities for Battlefield Preservation and proactive, educational tools for educating public and private parties about preservation options to enhance and preserve our Revolutionary War sites.

The meeting will be held Friday September 29 9am-12 noon at Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery located at 210 W. Frederick St. Gaffney, SC 29341. Please register to attend online at: The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

We encourage you to share this invitation and the attached flyer with your contacts through newsletters, email blasts, and by posting on your social media accounts. For more information, contact Andrew Waters 864.948.0000 or Alissa Duncan 864.804.8263.


Hagood – Fiddling Championship Winners

2017 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship Winners Announced


This year, in front of a record number of visitors, the Hagood Mill was filled with the sounds of music competition at its best.  Bob Buckingham, emcee for this event said, “The number of musicians entering the competition surged this year.”  Billy Crawford, Hagood Mill Historic Site Director added, “We are very pleased to host again the South Carolina State Fiddling Championship at this historic place. The championship is the premier feature of our Music in the Mountains series held here on the third Saturday of each month throughout the year.  Everybody has a great time.”

Taking first place in the 2017 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship was Jim Graddick from Blythewood, SC.   He received $400.00 and the first place trophy for this category.  Mr. Graddick plans to return next year to defend his well-earned title.  Second place winner in the Senior Fiddle category was David White who received $250.00 and the second place trophy.  Willie Moore of North Carolina took the third place honors of $100 and the third place trophy.

In addition to the South Carolina Fiddling Championship, the enthusiastic audience enjoyed hearing musicians compete in six additional categories. The following are the winners from each competition.

Senior Fiddle

1st place                Jim Graddick  (SC)                                                                                            $400.00

2nd place               David White  (SC)                                                                                             $250.00

3rd place               Willie Moore  (NC)                                                                                           $100.00


Junior Fiddle (16ys and under)

1st place                Ella Thomas (SC)                                                                                               $100.00

2nd place               Kaitlyn Holder (SC)                                                                                          $ 50.00

3rd place               Hayley King (SC)                                                                                                               $ 25.00


Junior Open

1st place                David Safra (SC)                                                                                                                $100.00

2nd place               Levi Herrington (GA)                                                                                      $ 50.00

3rd place               Amelia Tebalt (SC)                                                                                           $ 25.00


Ole Time Banjo

1st place                Joshua Johnson (SC)                                                                                       $100.00

2nd place               Mark Kilianski (NC)                                                                                          $75.00

3rd place               David White (SC)                                                                                              $50.00



1st place                Mikey Collins (SC)                                                                                            $100.00

2nd place               Eric Odio (SC)                                                                                                     $75.00

3rd place               Marshall Goers (SC)                                                                                        $50.00


Senior Wild Cat Open

1st place                Will Hart (NC)                                                                                                     $100.00

2nd place               Mikey Collins (SC)                                                                                            $75.00

3rd place               Jim Graddick  (SC)                                                                                            $50.00



Old Time String Band

1st place                Hoot N Hollar (SC)                                                                                            $400.00

2nd place               Suppa Club (SC)                                                                                                                $250.00

3rd place               Rocky Bottom Rounders (NC)                                                                     $100.00



We would like to thank our judges for this event:

Michele Turner                 (Taylors, SC)

Brook Lauer                        (Laurens, SC)

Amy Buckingham             (Greer, SC)

Elaine Graves                     (Tryon, NC)

Sophie Case                       (Greenville, SC)


Special Thanks to this year’s sponsors

Cedar Mountain Banjos (Brevard NC)

Appalachian Ale House (Pickens SC)

Sexton’s Music and Games (Pickens SC)

Pickens Chamber of Commerce

Winsletts Produce (Easley SC)

Captain Charlie’s Reed Grill (Juno Beach, FL)

Red Mud Stains Fabrication (Easley SC)


We want to give an extra special thank you to a generous anonymous donor.



Mark your calendars for the 2018 South Carolina State Fiddling Championship – September 15th  2018.


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.


The support of the Pickens County Council, our local community, the endless work of volunteers, talented musicians, and dedicated traditional artists make this and events like it a success at the Hagood Mill each third Saturday throughout the year. Thanks to all!


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

TRHS – Ole Time Music

TR City Hall

“Ole Time Music” by Dan Wood and Friends

We’re celebrating Travelers Rest Historical Society’s 9 year anniversary with “Ole Time Music” by Dan Wood and Friends. You don’t want to miss this meeting. Clap your hands and tap your feet!

Tuesday night, Sept. 19 at 7:00 at TR City Hall

No Admission Charge – everybody welcome!

UHM – Kids Book Club

Presented by Duke Energy
Jack and Annie are whisked to the Wild West where they find an adventure filled with horse thieves, a lost colt, rattlesnakes, and a cowboy named Slim. Get ready for a hauntingly good time at our next Book Club!
Please read the book prior to the meeting.
Register by calling 864-467-3100
Tuesday, October 10 at 3:30 pm

UHM – High Noon Returns

High Noon Returns
Wednesdays at Noon
Join Furman University professors for the weekly High Noon Lecture Series. For complete list of upcoming speakers and topics please visit our website. 

UHM – Fall Flavor

Fall Flavor: A Historic Dining Experience at the
Lanneau-Norwood Home
September 28, 2017
For ticket details visit our website 
or call 864-467-3100.

BAMA – Pet Expo and Exhibit

Join us Sunday afternoon for the opening celebration for the Belton Area Museum Association’s  newest exhibit Fins, Feathers, Claws and Paws: Living with Creatures, September 24, from 3 – 5 PM.

“It will be fun for people who love animals, whether you’re a year old or 100,” stated BAMA Executive Director Abigail Burden.

There will be lots of family-friendly activities including a pet expo on the depot grounds, seminars and exhibitions including a retriever demonstration by Cherokee Foothills Hunter and Retriever Club, a farm animal petting zoo provided by BHP FFA, pet grooming, a chance to paint a pet rock, and opportunities to win free raffle items.

Pet-related businesses will have information to hand out and chances for raffle items to be won.  Those already committed to participate are Electric City Stay and Play, J and K Grooming,  Alpha Dog Training Services, Invisible Fence of Greenville,  Honea Path Animal Hospital, Camp Bow Wow, Anderson County Humane Society, Hyco K-9 Fund, SC Dogs/Pet Therapy, Anderson Dog Works, Clemson Kennel Club, and PetSmart.

If your business would like to join us that day, please contact Alison Darby at 864-958-5264 to reserve a spot.

Doris Lannon of the Living Collection Animals will bring several of her exotic pets for a great educational program and chance to have pictures made with creatures such as a fox, lemur, flopped ear bunny, all types of lizards, and a monkey.

Included in the celebration is also a Pet Parade and Costume Contest.  Children and adults are encouraged to bring their pets and dress in coordinating outfits to win great prizes.

All animals are to be restrained at all times throughout the opening celebration.

Presented by State Farm/Amanda Thompson Agency with additional sponsorship from the City of Belton HTAX and Anderson County ATAX, the exhibit will feature vintage and historic pet items and interactive pet play stations including pet art, a dog bone diving pool, and “on the road” simulator.

See the wall of fame for working and rescue animals, check out what colors pets can see, view vintage hunting and retrieving dog items, and learn about the various breeds that have been popular over the years.

Items are still being sought for display.  Please bring loaned items to the museum by Sept. 20.

The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 16, during normal museum hours:  Wednesday – Friday (9 til 2) and Saturday (9 -1), or by appointment. As always, the museum is free to visit.

For more information, please contact Abigail Burden, Executive Director, at 864-338-7400 or