Saturday at the Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center

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Come join the friends of the Pickens County Museum as “Music in the Mountains 2013” continues with the Hagood Mill hosting a special “Rolling Waterwheel Gospel Revue” concert on Saturday.

Starting at noon and continuing until 3 p.m. on the outdoor stage, will be the sounds of “Dave Snyder & Last Road,” one of the region’s top bluegrass groups. This free concert will also feature “Stand Alone Story,” the “Hagood Harpists,” a group that meets and performs at the mill on the second Saturday of each month, and a special appearance by Myrtle Hall Smith (of the Billy Graham Crusades). This year’s gospel concert will be held in memory of singer / guitarist Alton Childress, who opened the show for the last half-dozen years and has passed away since last year. Bring a lawn chair and plan on staying a while for some great, uplifting gospel music! Bring your instrument too, as there are usually a couple of jams going on around the site. The old gristmill and other demonstrations will be running from 10:00 until 4:00.

The water-powered 1845 gristmill is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upstate 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, as well as Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items.

The Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folklife and traditional arts demonstrations each month, including blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flintknapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, open-hearth cooking, metal-smithing, leather-working and more!

There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! So, head on out, grab a plate of great food from the Gatehouse Restaurant folks on-site and enjoy a day at the Mill. Show your support for the Mill and the Pickens County Museum by joining them at this monthly Third Saturday event. The Hagood Mill operates, rain or shine, the third Saturday of every month and is located just 3 miles north of Pickens or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off SC Hwy 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road. Hagood Mill is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00, to tour the buildings and grounds and to visit the Mill Site Gift Shop.

“Music in the Mountains 2013” is sponsored by a private benefactor. Myrtle Hall Smith appears courtesy of Ed and Michelle Bolt. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Thanks also to the Rozelle Stone Company for the flagstones at the mill’s new historic marker.

For additional information please contact the Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or the Pickens County Museum at (864) 898-5963.

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