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GCHS – Christ Church Restoration Story

Christ Church:
A Restoration Story

Go behind the scenes of one of Greenville’s oldest churches

Join us February 25 at 3 pm for the Greenville County Historical Society winter meeting! The Reverend Dr. Harrison McLeod will share the history of Christ Church and chronicle the recently completed renovation project. You’ll have the opportunity to tour the grounds following the program.

Check out our winter newsletter (2MB)for a full preview and the latest Society news. As always, this meeting is free and open to the public. Invite a friend!


SCPL – African American Genealogy Workshop

GCLS – African American Genealogy Workshop

Laurens County, SC native LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, discusses sources and strategies for researching enslaved ancestors. Board certified since 2015, Garrett-Nelson was elected a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists in 2016 and is a frequent speaker at national and local venues. Her book is available for purchase after the program. Call 242-5000 x2169 to register.

Sat Feb 24 2018 11:00AM-12:00PM Main Library – Meeting Room C

ACM – Hidden History of Anderson County

Book Launch with Author Liz Carey
Tuesday, February 20
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Anderson County, created in 1826, played a huge role in South Carolina’s past. Many of those stories remain untold. Learn the story behind the person who discovered ether and the connection to one of Anderson’s stately manors. Encounter the day Anderson was taken over by armed militia—a spectacle that thousands gathered to see and that newsreels across the country covered. Discover the connection between Anderson County and one of the largest scandals in history that kept millions from winning huge prizes by eating a Big Mac. Author Liz Carey details the lesser-known history of Anderson County.

ACM – History and Heritage

History and Heritage
Tuesday, February 13
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Residents young and old have enjoyed the Anderson County Fair for generations. This month we will explore the history of this grand event, where it has been held, and some of the most fondly remembered attractions of years past. Bring a friend and feel free to share your own memories with the group as we relive the fun and amazement of the Anderson County Fair!

GCLS – Chautauqua Talk Series – Harriet Tubman

No single act in Tubman’s life would free more people than the Combahee River Raid, right here in South Carolina. Not a costumed performance. Presented by former owner of The Open Book and SC Humanities Council Board member, Duff Bruce.Call 244-1499 for more information.

Date/Time Location
Tue Feb 20 2018 07:30PM-09:00PM Main Library – Meeting Room A

Hagood – Deep Winter Blues

Deep Winter Blues

Hagood Mill, Saturday, February 17, 2018


Did you know that Upcountry South Carolina was a historical Mecca for the Blues? Throughout the 1920s and ’30s, the streets of Laurens, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson counties reverberated with the music of bluesmen, street preachers and buskers–all strolling enthusiastically with their tin cups extended. Many of these musicians became famous on the streets of New York City during the folk revival of the 1950s and ’60s. It is this tradition we will celebrate on February 17 at Hagood Mill.


With an all-star lineup that features two Folk Heritage Award winning bluesmen, Freddie Vanderford and Steve McGaha, along with 2018 South Carolina Folk Heritage nominee J. Michael King, you know it’s gonna get hot on a Winter’s day. Our mission on February 17 is to keep the embers hot all day, so to ensure this we went out and secured a couple of local barn burners, Brandon Turner and Mac McCloud to stoke the coals with some red hot blues of their own. The stage is likely to ignite with this scorching lineup, but no need to worry; we will have our fire extinguishers on standby just in case.


Get here early to secure a seat. Doors open at 10:00 a.m., and the live music will begin around 11:30 a.m. If you’ve never had the privilege to witness or experience the sweet and fiery soul of original South Carolina Piedmont Blues then you should do yourself a favor and head out to Hagood Mill on February 17. It will be a day well spent.


There will be lots of other things to see on February 17 as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folklife and traditional-arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint-knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basketmaking, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metalsmithing, beekeeping, bobbin lace, and leatherworking demonstrations and much more! We encourage visitors to ask questions of the artists, gain insight, and if you wish, spend a little money to secure a Traditional Arts treasure of your own.

As always, we encourage visitors to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the show. Visitors are also welcome to bring their favorite old-time instruments and join in the “open jam” which typically 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. 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 cornmeal, 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! There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Historic Site as well as to the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. All proceeds from parking help offset the costs at Hagood Mill.

So, head on out, grab a helping of tasty food, served on site from some of the best food trucks in the area, and as always, enjoy your special day at Hagood Mill.


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


Both the Hagood Mill Historic Site and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site are located 3 miles north of Main Street Pickens off of Highway 178 W or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 just off Highway 178 E at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

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