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BAMA – Heritage Days at the Depot

unnamedEach year for the last twelve years, the WebbCraft Family Foundation has supported Heritage Days at the Depot. Their patronage allows Anderson School District 2 students to attend the event free of charge.

“We truly appreciate their ensuring this event can be held so that students and our community can learn firsthand about the skills and artistry of our ancestors,” said organizer Alison Darby.

Heritage Days at the Depot will be held Sept 29 and 30 for area school children and Saturday Oct. 1in conjunction with the Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival.

This year’s line-up includes 15 historical interpreters and heritage skills artisans.  Among those presenting this year are a  school marm, a Native American storyteller, an African American sharecropper, a Civil War soldier, a Cherokee beader, a wood carver, a country dance master, a pine needle basket weaver, a brickmaker, a corn husk doll maker, a bladesmith, a Revolutionary War heroine, a miner, a tinsmith, and a shape note singer.

Heritage Days at the Depot encourages, promotes, conserves, and honors the traditional art forms and heritage skills that make our state distinct.  The overall aim of Heritage Days at the Depot is to foster in our community a greater understanding of, appreciation for, and interest in the traditional arts and skills of our forefathers.

Homeschoolers and out of district students are welcome to join us for a nominal fee of $3 per student.  Please call Alison Darby at 864-958-5264 to reserve your class spot.

In addition to the WebbCraft Family Foundation, the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Anderson County, and City of Belton HTAX are funding partners.  To meet the budget requirements for this year, additional sponsorship is needed.

Hagood Mill – SC Fiddling Championship


South Carolina State Fiddling Championship

September 17, 2016, 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.  OnSeptember 17th 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 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, 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!”….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 online (see link below) or by calling 864.898.2936.  Contestants may also register at the Hagood Mill on the day of the event before 12:00 noonThere will be a $10.00 registration fee for those competing in the Senior “Old Time Fiddle” competition only.   For more information about the rules and regulations for this event please go to

So come on out and sit a spell.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and set yourself to enjoy lively music and good food on the grounds of the historic old grist mill that 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.

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 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 17th 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 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, 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! So, head on out, 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. 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 11 off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

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

SCHA – Festifall Volunteers


There are many exciting ways to become part of FestiFall!

  • Volunteer on Oct. 1 or 2
  • Purchase an Ad in our Program
  • Donate your art or services to our Silent Auction
  • Donate toward the Beautification Campaign

Contact SCHA todayand help us make history!

Pickens – Juried Art Show Cancelled

The Juried Art Show has always been a keystone event here at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History.  Unfortunately, this year we found that our historic building has suffered serious water damage.  Pickens County Council continues its commitment and support for the Pickens County Museum with the allocation of $120,000 from Accomodations Tax to repair this damage.   We have received the following official statement:

Due to the pending repairs and upgrades to the Museum, the Juried Art Show that was to be held in October is cancelled! We are unsure as to the areas that will be affected. The probability of damaging or endangering an artist’s work would be greatly increased by the construction. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We will keep everyone informed as this project progresses, and we are looking forward to celebrating its completion.

TRHS – Spirit of ’45


SCHA – Summer on the Plantation

unnamedSummer on the Plantation
Saturday, August 13, 11am-3pm
Walnut Grove Plantation

Come out for a day of re-enactments, storytelling, demonstration, and lawn games!.
Enjoy one more day on the plantation this summer!

-Admission includes all house tour and activities.

BAMA – Insects Invade Belton

People of all ages experienced close encounters with bugs of all shapes and sizes this summer at the

Belton Depot as part of the exhibit Butterflies, Beetles, and Bugs, Oh My!

As a pre-summer activity, groups of students in the BHP FFA program, under the leadership of Glenn

Stevens, prepared and planted the Lighthouse Carolina Butterfly Garden, sponsored by BB and T/Blake

Holliday Insurance Company. Providing a habitat for butterflies and birds, right in the middle of the

Belton square, added a retreat for all citizens to enjoy. It was dedicated during the opening reception

for the new exhibit.

From the opening reception of the exhibit in June when people learned all about backyard beekeeping

to Saturday’s recent Buggy Family Fun Day, visitors were mesmerized by how important insects are to

our natural world.

“I had no idea that bugs were so great,” said camper Gage Pruitt.

He attended the second week’s camp on Bugs and Food. During that week, students mimicked the ways

that insects eat, planted more insect attractant plants in the Lighthouse Carolina Butterfly Garden, and

tried a sampling of chocolate chip cookies made with cricket flour, dry roasted crickets, and even

“chapulines,” a type of cricket snack prepared with chile powder.

“I liked them so much, I took some home to share with my family,” replied Gage.

During this week, Dr. Tim Drake of Clemson University’s Extension Program also gave a talk about the

way that bugs impact society, including our food supply.

“I didn’t know that bugs had killed more people than all the wars in the entire history of the world

combined,” remarked camper Nathanael Burden.

During the first week of summer camp, students made compound eyes, learned how wings of butterflies

work, played the game "Bug-go," participated in a Bug Rodeo, and enjoyed speaker Pam Venturella, who

talked about her experiences with the Monarch butterfly.

This past Saturday, families participated in Buggy Family Fun Day. They met the hissing cockroaches,

explored the interactive exhibit, made buggy crafts, and enjoyed insect treats such as edible bugs and jelly

beans which have an insect coating. Mr. Jay West, Belton City Councilman and SC Representative-elect, came

to the event as part of “Invite Your Legislator to Your Museum” week.

The exhibit, sponsored by Anderson County ATAX, City of Belton HTAX, and American Pest Control, will be on

display until August 27. Museum hours are Wednesday – Friday 9 – 2, and Saturday 9 -1.

“Come see it before it flies away!” said Executive Director Abigail Burden.unnamed


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