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Hagood – Ghosts of Christmas Past


You can experience a unique tradition of Appalachian Christmas.  These customs were derived from the old world, especially England, Scotland, & Ireland. The lovely mountain setting of Hagood Mill provides the perfect venue for you to “get into the spirit” of Christmas Past. In Victorian England it was a custom to tell ghost stories around the fire during the season. The celebration season stretched from the normal Christmas in December into January. These customs traveled across the Atlantic with the immigrants and into the Appalachian settlements.
At Hagood Mill this Christmas season we are presenting the Blue Ridge mountain custom called “Ole Christmas” or “Breaking Up Christmas”. Each ghost tour is an evening walk through the little Appalachian settlement at Hagood Mill.  You will be standing at the very gateway to the Appalachian chain of mountain communities. Along the way you will be treated to ghost stories by our resident storyteller and folk historian, H. Dean Watson.  Dean is a noted regional story teller & folk historian created these events and will share stories of the Paranormal laced with tidbits of local history. Dean says the Olde Hagood Mill is one of the most haunted sites in upstate South Carolina. Select from one of the dates and register today!
The tours are scheduled for Friday nights from 6:00 pm until 7:30pm, Dec 9th, 16th and Jan 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th.  Please wear warm cloths and comfortable shoes.  A small flashlight may come in handy.  These tours must be held to a maximum of 30 people. Pre-registration and payment are required prior to the night of the tour.  We are not offering “group” tour rates at this time.
Register on-line at for your favorite date for only $12.00 for adults (16 & over) and $8.00 for children (7-15), no charge for ages 6 and under.  Or you can also call Hagood Mill at 864.898.2936 and register. Registered participants will be notified on-line at the website if the tour has been cancelled or filled.  If a tour is cancelled, registration fee will be reimbursed. No reimbursements will be made the evening of the tour.  In case of bad weather tours will be moved from Fridayevening to Saturday evening.

The Hagood Mill is located at 138 Hagood Mill Rd, Pickens, SC 29671 – just off Hwy 178 – Only a 25 minute drives from downtown Greenville.

PCM – Open House and New Art Shows

unnamedWe here at the Pickens County Museum of Art & History are pleased to announce that we will host an Open House and opening reception for exciting new art shows from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, January 12, 2017.

These art shows feature multiple artists highlighting a broad range of talent and genres and will be on display through March 30th. Warren Carpenter, Chris Troy, Robin Anne Cooper, Stan DuBose, and Cindy & Mike Hart comprise the Full Moon artists group.  They will exhibit a wide variety of turned bowls, pottery and traditional artwork, along with some whimsical pet portraiture.

For something completely different, Gregbo Watson, Mitch Rodgers, Anthony Summey, and Mel Rivera will exhibit their cutting edge graphic novel/comic book illustrations.  Colorful and vibrant, brash and dynamic, this artwork is sure to inspire the comic book heroes in all of us!  All four of these artists are widely published and regularly attend Comicon conventions throughout the United States.  Gregbo will hold workshops and a book signing throughout January, February and March. Information about how to register for one of the workshops and the date for the book signing will be announced soon and will be posted on Facebook and

Come join us to welcome these fine artists to the Pickens County Museum of Art & History!  Enjoy some fine food from Little Bistro and take in a local jazz band to round out your evening.

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is located on the corner of Rt. 178 and Johnson Street, in Pickens South Carolina.  The museum is open Tue, Wed, Fri 9a-5p, Thur 9a-7:30p, and Sat 9a-4:30p.  If you have any questions or need directions, please call us at 864-898-5963.  For a full calendar of events, take a look at for more information. Pickens County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

TRHS – Books for Christmas

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History Book

Open Saturday and Sunday 1-4pm


UHM – Lunchbox Learning

unnamedLunchbox Learning
Wednesday, December 7 at Noon
Join Furman’s Music Librarian, Patricia Sasser, for a look back at classic holiday music and the connection between popular tunes and our perception of the holidays.

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UHM – Family Fun Day

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Saturday, December 3 from 10:00-2:00
Join Father Christmas for old fashion holiday fun at the Upcountry History Museum. Enjoy games, crafts, stories, and a visit for Father Christmas himself.

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Upstate Battlefield Preservation Group

We invite you to attend an Interest Meeting for the Upstate Battlefield Preservation Group. The purpose of the group is to discuss ways to preserve and protect land near these battlefield sites:

  • Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park
  • Cowpens National Battlefield

Although our group will focus on these three battlefields, we anticipate our materials and resources will also be useful for other Revolutionary War preservation efforts in the Upstate.

The meeting will be held Monday December 5th 4-6pm at Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery located at 210 W. Frederick St. Gaffney, SC 29341. At this initial interest meeting, we will introduce the program and talk about the process of preserving land near these important sites and how you can help guide that process. We will also discuss how we can complement or enhance other Revolutionary War preservation efforts in the region. Please register to attend at Eventbrite:

We encourage you to share this invitation 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.

UHM – Holiday Hours

unnamedHoliday Hours at Upcountry History Museum:
The Museum will be closed Thursday, November 24th in honor of Thanksgiving.
The Museum will be open Mondays, December 19, December 26, and January 2.
The Museum will be closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.