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Hagood Mill – Agriculture and Military Day Celebration

Saturday, May 21 at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

Come join friends of the Hagood Mill as we host a special “Agriculture and Military Day” concert on Saturday, May 21. This free event will feature musical performances by “Pretty Little Goat String Band” delivering a fresh, driving, energetic take on Old-Time String band music.  This five piece group from Brevard, NC, includes the driving and innovative bass fiddle work of JT Linville,  the train-whistle, fog-horn buck dancing of Tim Fisher’s fiddle, the cigar-box chunking mandolin rhythm and leads of Josh Carter, the charming percussion of Mallory Carter’s home-made washboard contraption, andOwen Groom’s fretless banjo sounds like water rolling off rocks.  Everyone in the group trades off strong old-time vocal leads and harmonies.  Just as musicians of the Southern Appalachians have done for centuries, the Goat Band creates their own music from old mountain ballads and fiddle music, while paying respect to the grand tradition.  Pretty Little Goat String Band will be performing between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

 Warming up the stage around 11:30 am will be Dakota Waddell.  Born and raised in Western North Carolina, Dakota is a musician who specializes in acoustic traditional music of the Appalachian Mountains.  You can usually catch Dakota playing upright base with his band Nitrograss, formed with two-time national banjo champion Charles Wood.  Dakota’s musical influences stem from all across the spectrum. Some of his greatest inspirations for banjo have been Mark Johnson, Ralph Stanley, Adam Hurt, Bruce Molsky, Cathy Fink, Dan Levenson, Dusty Lee Elmer, Doc Boggs, and Wade Ward. Along with Nitrograss, Dakota regularly performs with acoustic groups that include Grits and Soul, Asheville-basedSanctum Sully, electric funk jazz rock power trio Max Gross Weight and a number of other artists and groups.  

 The gristmill and all other demonstrations will be running from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

This year’s Agricultural Celebration is co-sponsored by the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina. Kids and adults are welcome to take part in a variety of activities hosted by the museum including proper milking techniques with “Clarabelle the milking cow”, hand grinding corn, operating an old-fashioned water pump, corn darts, and much more.

Local farms will be on hand selling live plants, vegetables, hand cut herbs, and more.

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to meet and greet with one of the Southeast’s premiere heirloom seed providers,Heavenly Seed llc.  This highly respected company will be onsite offering a variety of heirloom, open pollinated, and certified organic fruit and vegetable seeds for visitors to purchase.

Present on site for the Military Day Celebration will be the Military History Club of the Carolinas with military vehicles, historians and re-enactors. Cpt. Jim Bay, Calhoun Light Artillery and the 2nd South Carolina Regimental Rifles Volunteers will be onsite with an encampment of “War Between the States” era soldiers, along with firing demonstrations of cannon and rifles.  Come out and enjoy this educational tribute to America’s Armed Forces.

Our featured demonstrator on May 21st will be Gun maker, Don Bruton, who specializes in the creation of Southern long guns circa 1760-1780.  Join Don as he demonstrates how a “Boone Gun” was traditionally loaded, fired and utilized on the American frontier during this time period.  Don will also explain how these guns were created and give insight to the items carried within the typical hunting pouch of the mid to late-1700’s.

So come on out, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

There will be lots of other things to see on May 21st as our historic site 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, bee keeping,  leather-working and more!  Talk with the artists and make a purchase of their Traditional Arts to take home.  As always we encourage visitors to bring their favorite old time instruments and join in on the “open jam” which 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. One of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry, it 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 plenty to see and do and lots of fun! There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site.  All proceeds from parking support the Hagood Mill Site.

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 with us.

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 just 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 – Summer Camps


Spartanburg County Historical Association’s Summer Camps are back for Summer 2016.

In your Backyard
June 13-17, 9:00am-3:00pm
Ages 8-12, $100
A comprehensive look at the archaeological, botanical, and architectural history in Spartanburg County.

American Girls
June 27- July 1, 9:00am-12:30pm
Ages 6-10, $60
Each day will focus on a different American Girl and how her experiences compare with girls growing up in the South Carolina Upstate during the same time period.

Camp Courage
July 11-14, 9:00am-3:00pm
Ages 8-12, $100
This summer camp focuses on military history and how it effected the citizens of various countries. Of course, there will be emphasis given to Spartanburg’s own military training camps, Wadsworth and Croft.

Registration Information and full details available on our website or by calling 864.596.3501

SCHA – We The People Opening May 12th

unnamedWe The People: A Portrait of Politics in Spartanburg County

Spartanburg Regional History Museum

Learn about the evolution of politics in our community beginning in 1760, pivotal civil movements in South Carolina in the 19th and 20th centuries, and profiles of seven influential public servants who have represented Spartanburg in all levels of government.

GCHS – Job Opening

Greenville County Historical Society in search of Executive Director. Current director retiring. Immediate opening. Part-time Mon – Thurs 9 – 1:00. Please send resume and questions to No phone calls please.

TRHS – May Storytelling Night


“Churches and Sunday Dinner ”
This month’s theme is Churches and Family Dinner.

Thursday, May 12th, 7:00—8:00 pm
at the Travelers Rest Sargent Branch Library.

Chautauqua – Let’s Go to Outer Space


Let’s Go to Outer Space! a Family Adventure FREE
led by Larry Bounds
Saturday May 7, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Pl, Greenville, 29601

Chautauqua’s “Rocket Man,” Larry Bounds, returns to lead this interactive family adventure. We’ll explore rocket history, learn about building rockets that can be flown in our backyards, and discover what we would see if we really rode into space. Larry Bounds brings a magician’s insight into the science of rocketry.  This event is NOT a costumed performance, but it’s a great chance to explore and dream with your kids and grand kids.

Info: or 864.244.1499

GCLS – Family History Club

Family History Club

Description: Explore and document your family history. Share tips and learn about available genealogy resources at the library. Email or call 963-9031 to register.
Date: Wednesday – May 18 2016
Time: 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
Location: Simpsonville Branch


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