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Hagood Mill, Pickens

Hagood Mill is an operational water-powered gristmill built in 1845 by James Hagood near Pickens, South Carolina. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.HistoryHagood Mill is located on Hagood Branch, earlier known as Jennings Creek, a tributary of the Twelve Mile River. Although mills had existed on the site as early as the 1790s, the current mill was built in 1845 by James Hagood; and it remained in the Hagood family and continued to operate until 1966 when federal regulations requiring the testing of corn before grinding effectively ended the operations of commercial grist mills in Pickens County. During the historic period the mill and the neighboring (non-extant) store were a gathering place for county residents.The mill and surrounding property were donated to the Pickens Country Museum in 1973. The water wheel and mechanical components of the mill were rebuilt in the mid-1970s using much of the surviving fabric, and they were restored again by local historian and miller Alan Warner in the 1990s.The 1845 mill is an unpainted, two-story building constructed of hand hewn logs and covered with clapboard siding. Its original dam site is 1,650 feet above it, where water from the creek was diverted to an earthen headrace (essentially a ditch). Today, water is pumped underground from the creek to the headrace, the last 80 feet of which is wooden. The overshot wooden water wheel, which produces 22 horsepower, is 20ft in diameter and 4 feet wide. The ring gear is 18 feet in diameter, and the two granite millstones weigh approximately 1,600 pounds each.Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife CenterThe mill is the centerpiece of the Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center, which also includes two historic cabins, a blacksmith shop, a moonshine still, and a cotton gin. The site also includes the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site, which preserves significant Native American rock carvings, and the 64-foot (20 m) steel Prater's Creek Bridge, built by the Greenville Steel and Foundry Company in 1930 and brought to the site in 2007.
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  • The Hagood Mill is just absolutely beautiful. I had my senior pictures taken there I love it so much. They typically have events such as Native American heritage days and even Blue Grass music. It's a...  more »
  • Well preserved buildings, a working mill and petroglyphs. Something that you just don't see everywhere. Well worth the trip. Dogs are welcome.  more »
  • Several new buildings have been added, including the building over the main petroglyphs on the site with the light show to bring them out. The 3rd Saturday of each month brings special programs to the...  more »
  • Great place to visit. Every third Saturday if the month the mill operates. Take the kids or a date and make sure to buy a bag of fresh grits or corn meal.
  • Small, but interesting bit of local history. Most definitely worth a stop in to check out.
  • Great place to take the family, kids or just to escape by yourself. Monthly activities, learning experiences, music, food and fun and more. Historic and fun!!!! Great way to spend a Saturday once a month.
  • They hold monthly events: fiddlers gathering, Native American festival, Celtic Christmas... All wonderful. Safe family friendly, affordable vendors. Everyone is nice, cool buildings, impressive to see mill working! Can't wait for next one.
  • Great Amazing, and Definitely Historic. Great place to bring you family! Twice a month they have living history days, plus always special events planned. Great place for a picnic too. Working grist mill and living history farm!

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