Americana Folk & Dance Fest
On this special day we will honor Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award winners in addition to hosting a handful of folk musicians and dance performances and workshops. The Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award is a one-time, annual award presented by the South Carolina General Assembly to practitioners and advocates of traditional arts significant to communities throughout the state. Up to four artists and one advocate may receive awards each year. We will be honoring award recipients from the upstate, many of which are already a part of the Hagood Mill community and are frequent performers at the site. The 2020 recipients are highlighted in this this video and we want to congratulate them on their accomplishments and thank them for contributing to the arts and culture of the great state of South Carolina.
The Mill Billy Three, comprised of Freddie Vanderford, Brandon Turner and Matthew B. Knights, will be performing Piedmont Blues roots music. Freddie Vanderford received the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award in 2010 for his Piedmont Blues music.
Brandon Turner will also be joining Fayssoux McLean for a set. Fayssoux McLean has emerged as a lead vocalist of merit and consequence, winning raves from collaborators including Country Music Hall of Famers Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, Linda Rondstadt, Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, and other contemporary greats. More acts and schedule TBA.
The Hot Foot Clogging Studio will be with us on this day for a clogging workshop and an exhibition. Hot Foot Studios is a family run business out of Six Mile and are a nationally recognized team in competitive clogging. They are a family of teachers, on and off the dance floor, and are an amazing group of people to learn with. Come check out their workshop! You just may want to sign up for their extremely affordable classes as a result!
There will be lots of other things to see on June 20th as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folklife and traditional-arts demonstrations. The Mill will be running and the grits will be a grinding. Living history demonstrators will be set up throughout the site. We encourage visitors to ask questions of the artists, gain insight, and if you wish, spend a little money to secure a Traditional Arts treasure of your own. There will be an artisan market with a cherry picked selection of the area's artisans and kid's activities.
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 cornmeal, grits, and wheat flour will be available. In addition, rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping cornmeal and grits, organic yellow cornmeal 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 in the Mill Mercantile.
There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! Thanks to sponsorship from Pickens County, this event is free to all attendees!
So, head on out, grab a helping of tasty food, served on site from some of the best food trucks in the area, and as always, enjoy your special day at Hagood Mill.
The Hagood Mill Historic Site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. year round. The Mill operates, rain or shine, the third Saturday of every month.
The Hagood Mill Historic Site, the South Carolina Petroglyph Site and the Heritage Pavilion are located 3 miles north of Main Street Pickens off of Highway 178 W or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 just off Highway 178 E at 138 Hagood Mill Road.
For additional information please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936, visit us on Facebook @HagoodMillFoundation, or go to for the full offerings of the Hagood Mill Historic Site.