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In observance of Native American Heritage Month, we invite you to join us for a special day of milling, memories and a Native American Celebration at the Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens SC on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The Mill will be operating, rain or shine from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of SC will be open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
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 go to help the Hagood Mill.
This annual event celebrates our Native American history and influences. A number of groups will be represented, including individuals born and raised here as well as those who have made South Carolina their home.
Visitors and guest performers will participate in the festivities of the day which will include: traditional drumming, singing, dancing, Native American flute playing, storytelling, Cherokee hymns in the Cherokee language, and many traditional crafts. Demonstrations will be going on all day throughout the Mill Site and will include traditional Cherokee blow-gun demonstrations, traditional pottery making, beadwork, basket making, flint-knapping, finger-weaving, and bow and arrow shooting. Many of the participants will have traditional handmade crafts for sale, as well.
Featured performers for the event will include the Nu Nu Hi Warriors (Immortal Warriors) representing the Eastern Band of Cherokee. This group will be led by Cherokee Cultural Ambassador Sonny Ledford. Sonny has been a long time member of the“Warriors of AniKituhwa”, a group dedicated to preserving Eastern Cherokee culture and most notable for recreating the traditional War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance of their ancestors.
Other performers include “Keepers of the Word” drumming group from St. George, SC. Members of Keepers of the Word Drum are of Ojibwa, Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Catawba, and Wassamasaw tribal heritage from Colleton, Berkeley, Dorchester, Orangeburg, and Sumter counties. Directed by Cathy Nelson, “The Drum” has presented a variety of Native American educational programs as well as spiritual formation seminars and retreats throughout the Southeastern region.
Visitors and guests will also be delighted by the performance of the Boy Scouts of America’s “Order of the Arrow” Native American dance team on Nov. 21st. Members of the Blue Ridge Council, the “Order of the Arrow Dance Team” has been studying and performing Cherokee dances for many years. They perform at Camp Old Indian during the summer, along with camp staff members, each Wednesday night as part of the camp family night program. They also perform Cherokee dances during Order of the Arrow conclaves each spring as well as other Scouting events throughout the year.
Native American flute music (of different styles and tribes) will be presented along with songs in Cherokee performed by the Reedy River Intertribal Singers
Dr. Will Goins, Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois, and United Tribes of South Carolina will be present to interpret Native American culture.
Demonstrations of food-way traditions such as stone grinding of cornmeal, cooking fry-bead, and roasting corn will take place throughout the day.
The Crawford Collection of local prehistoric stone points, blades, and tools will be on display for the day as well as their popular pre-historic cooking demonstration using soapstone bowls. The mill site’s regular flintknapper, Steve Compton, will be showing how stone tools and weapons were made.
Members from the Foothills Archeological Chapter will be on site to identify Native American stone tools and artifacts.
There will be a special “children’s corner,” where visitors can make a beaded necklace, and have their face painted in a Native American style. For a special treat, the Dan Buckheister family and the Twelve Mile Indian Horse Association will be on site with their Spanish Colonial horses that are actually descended from the first horses brought to the continent by the Spanish. Children will be allowed to “paint” the horses with their hand prints in the style of the Plains Indians….and much more!
So come on out and join us!
There will be lots of other things to see on November 21st 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, bee keeping, metal-smithing, leather-working and more! You can ask questions of 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 Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site is open Wed, Fri, and Sat from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the thirdSaturday of every month.
The Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 W or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off Highway 178 E at 138 Hagood Mill Road.
Pickens County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
“Music in the Mountains 2015” is sponsored by a private benefactor. For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .
Join Alice Henderson, professor of history at USC Upstate, as she recounts the lives of Angelina and Sarah Grimke. The Grimke sisters were South Carolina natives whose family owned Belmont Plantation in Spartanburg County, where they spent formative summers in their youth. Hear how their lives in South Carolina influenced them to take up the causes of abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage and take their place among the most influential writers and lecturers of their day.
Nov. 20, 12:30-1:30pm
Callie and John Rainey Conference Room, Chapman Cultural Center
Catered lunches will be available through Palmetto Palate, reserved in advance through our gift shop. Tickets and a limited number of lunches will be available at the door.
$5/ticket only; FREE/SCHA Members
$15/ticket and sandwich or salad box (includes beverage and dessert)
This informal class will explore how to properly care for your family documents so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come. We will be discussing the preservation issues of objects ranging from scrapbooks to letters to photo albums. Different types of documents present different challenges and many heirlooms combine more than one material with specific preservation needs. We will deal with both the general theory that drives document preservation as well as its day-to-day applications. We will go over how to properly store, handle, and display your heirlooms and discuss some common pitfalls to avoid. We won’t be learning how to repair or restore damaged documents, but if you come to the class you will learn the reason why.
Examples of document types, what to do to preserve them—and what not to do!—will be pulled from the SCHA’s historical document collection. Come join us for the afternoon and bring some of your (sturdy!) treasures to show off and swap stories about. You’ll leave with a good sense of how best to care for the material documenting your family’s heritage.
Friday, November 13, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Callie and John Rainey Conference Room, Chapman Cultural Center
$12/Admission, $10/SCHA Members
*Attendance is capped at 15 participants