Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill

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 19, 2016.  The mill will be operating, rain or shine, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of South Carolina 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 support programming at the Mill Site.

This very popular annual event celebrates our own Native American history and influences. A number of tribal groups will be represented, including some born and raised in the Upcountry 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 traditional crafts. Demonstrations will be going on all day throughout the Mill Site including 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 this year’s event will include Keepers of the Word drumming group from Saint George, SC. Members of Keepers of the Word are of Ojibwa, Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Catawba, and Wassamassaw tribal heritage from Colleton, Berkeley, Dorchester, Orangeburg, and Sumter counties. Directed by Cathy Nelson, Keepers of the Word has presented a variety of Native American educational programs as well as spiritual formation seminars and retreats throughout the Southeast. 

Other performers include Many Nations Drum and the Thunder Elk Singers hailing from the Catawba Nation in York County, South Carolina.  Don’t miss these talented entertainers as they demonstrate the traditional drumming, singing, and dancing from one of South Carolina’s most ancient indigenous tribes.

We are honored to have Nancy Basket on site to demonstrate her world class basket making skills.  She will also share some Native American myths and legends with visitors and guests.

Native American flute music -- of different tribal styles -- will be presented along with songs in Cherokee performed by the Reedy River Intertribal Singers

You will also surely enjoy the performances of the Boy Scouts of America’s “Order of the Arrow” Native American dance team.  Members of the Blue Ridge Council, the “Order of the Arrow Dance Team” have 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. 

Demonstrations of food-way traditions such as stone grinding of cornmeal, cooking fry-bead, and roasting corn will take place throughout the day.

Collected over generations, some of the truly awesome Crawford Collection of local prehistoric stone points, blades, and tools will be on display for the day.  Their pre-historic cooking demonstration using ancient soapstone bowl is too artful to be missed.     

Members from the Foothills Archaeological 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.

There will be much more to see and do on November 19th as we host 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, hearth cooking, 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 on sale.

 So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a fun-filled day on our ancestral grounds. This will be a very special November Third Saturday at the Hagood Mill Historic Site – a day that will make memories for you and your loved ones. It will be a day well spent.  It will be an experience of “Wow!” 

The Hagood Mill Historic Site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm all year long. The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The mill operates, rain or shine, with a major festival the Third Saturday of every month. 

The Hagood Mill Historic Site 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.

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




138 Hagood Mill Rd.
Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 898-3936
Admission is FREE $5 Parking charge