May 16, 2020
Kidsfest is a cherished collaboration between the Hagood Mill Historic Site and the Young Appalachian Musicians, two beloved non-profits here in Pickens County. Join us for a fun-filled day featuring performances from all of our participating YAMs programs in Pickens County, in addition to some guest performers from our neighboring Transylvania County, North Carolina. In addition to the children sharing their musical prowess, there will be an old fashioned talent show and traditional games and activities throughout the day. Activities include a kazoo workshop, a jug band jam, creek critters, archaeological adventures, old-timey clothes washing, rock painting, and more!. We’ll also have an “Instrument Petting Zoo.” In this petting zoo, everyone will have a chance to “pet” or hold and play different instruments.
Kidsfest has been rescheduled to coincide with Old Time Jam and Camping Weekend, Get Out and Play Day and the Mountain Roots Herb Festival. We are optimistic that if the community hunkers down now we can all celebrate our responsible citizenship in late May! We are excited to return to the green space and pray for sunshine on the 16th of May. There will be lots of other things to see as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folk-life and traditional-arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, chair-caning, moon-shining, broom-making, basket making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, and metalsmithing demonstrations and much more! 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.
To ensure your seating, we encourage you to bring your own chairs. 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 corn meal 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.
There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! Admission for any YAM and immediate family is free. Children 12 and under are always free and parking is now free as well. Admission for all others is $5 per person. Admission to the Hagood Mill Historic Site includes the Heritage Pavilion and the SC Petroglyph Site. 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 4H Spring Fling will not be happening on May 16th. They had a conflict in scheduling for our new date. We wish them luck in their State Competition.
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.
Both the Hagood Mill Historic Site and the SC Petroglyph Site 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 www.HagoodMillFoundation.org for a list of current programming and additional upcoming events.