Friday, November 11, 2016

Hagood Mill

By Laurie Bower Epps

Something about an old mill just evokes for me fall images of golden, burnt sienna, and rich sangria red leaves framing it off in the distance. My dear friend and I set off with our young daughters on an adventure into the past. 

Hoping to avoid their "fall festival" so to miss the crowds and additional cost, we set out on a beautiful autumn day with our picnic basket and cooler in tow. However, we got it perfectly wrong, but with magnificent results. Not only was there a storytelling competition going on, there were also plenty of arts and crafts to keep the kids busy.


Built in 1845, the Hagood Mill is one of the numerous old corn grist mills that is dotted along the landscape of the Upstate region of South Carolina. To date, it's the largest grist mills still producing grain product in the state. Located just 3 miles north of the town of Pickens, it's a diverse site with multiple things to see, visit, and learn about.

Teal Peacock Blouse by French Blue

Royal blue cami by Cacique
~Lane Bryant

Patterned Leggings by French Laundry
~Burlington Coat Factory

Handblown Earrings
~Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

Black Boots by Mossimo

Visitor Information

Wednesday-Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm anyone can view the site for free. There are also "festivals" every third Saturday with a $5 parking fee. It's still free to see the site, but there are food vendors, and craft items for sale.

Local cabins, and even a moonshine still are on location for viewing and information. They also have numerous picnic tables and handicapped restrooms available.

On Crybaby Bridge near the Petroglyph Site
Indian & Ancient History

Towards the back of the site is a petroglyph from early Native Americans. It's very informative and there's also a small museum. Often, local school children will tour the location for either state history or Native American history. I was quite taken with it, and took a campy video that I uploaded to You Tube. To view it, click here.

More Information


138 Hagood Mill Road
Pickens, SC 29671

Phone: (864)898-2936

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