Native American Celebration

November 15 - 6:30 pm Presentation "The Cherokee Path In Pickens and Oconee Counties" - Heritage Pavilion at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

 $5 per person at gate only. Free parking.

On Friday, November 15th beginning at 6:30 pm Dennis Chastain will host a presentation titled “The Cherokee Path In Pickens and Oconee Counties” at the Heritage Pavilion at the Hagood Mill Historic Site.  The Hagood Mill Historic Site invites you to attend this one-night-only, not-to-be-missed, presentation given in honor of Native American Heritage Month.


Those with even a passing interest in the rich history of the South Carolina Upcountry will be fascinated by a slide show presentation which offers insight into local Native American life as it was when this area was still known as the Cherokee Territory.  Pickens County historian, naturalist and author, Dennis Chastain, will present his highly popular slide show on the ancient Cherokee Path that once crossed South Carolina from Earle’s Ford to King’s Street in downtown Charles Town. Dennis and his wife, Jane, researched the route of the old Cherokee Path over a four year period for his article in South Carolina Wildlife magazine, “Key to Carolina.”


The presentation will be held in the Heritage Pavilion where tarps enclose the building and heaters will be warming the space.  Friday night’s event is $5 per person, to be paid at the gate. Bring a chair, just in case. Hot dog plates and soup will be sold starting at 5:30. 

November 16 - 10 am to 4 pm Native American Celebration - Selagudu- Hagood Mill

$5 per person at gate only. Children 12 and under are free.  Free parking.

Saturday’s events kickoff at 10 AM.  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 Catawba pottery making, beadwork, basket making, flint-knapping, finger-weaving, atlatl, spear throwing, bow and arrow shooting and more. Many of the participants will have traditional handmade crafts for sale, as well.


Featured performers for this year’s event will include the Kau-Ta-Noh Jrs, singers/dancers  from NC Coast, ; Keepers of the Word drumming group from Saint George, SC; 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.


Demonstrations of food-way traditions such as stone grinding of cornmeal, cooking fry-bread, 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.  Barry Crawford’s pre-historic cooking demonstration using ancient soapstone bowl is too artful to be missed. Members from the Piedmont Archaeological Chapter will be on site to identify Native American stone tools and artifacts. We hope you’ll also check out the unique Native American artifacts collections of Michael Bramlett and the Crawfords.  There will be a special “children’s corner,” where visitors can make beaded necklaces and dig for archaeological treasures. 


There will be much more to see and do on November 16th as we host a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations.  There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning,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.


Entry fee is $5 person but children 12 and under receive free admission.  Parking is free. For more info, check out the website ( the Facebook page, or call 864-898-2936.  


Primitive camping will be available Friday and Saturday nights-- $10/person for one or two nights (tent/car camping) or $30 for campers/motorhomes for one or two nights.


So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from one of our fabulous food trucks or vendors  and enjoy a fun-filled day exploring our ancestral grounds. This will be a very special November Third Saturday at the Hagood Mill Historic Site.  Come see for yourself. It’s sure to be a day well spent.  

In observance of Native American Heritage Month, we invite you to join us for a special week-end of milling, memories, and a Native American Celebration at the Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens, SC, on Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16, 2019.  The old mill will be operating, rain or shine on Saturday only from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The South Carolina Petroglyph Site will be open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Saturday.

138 Hagood Mill Rd
Pickens, SC 29671

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm, each week – all year long.  




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Special thanks to Pickens County Council for partially supporting the Storytelling Festival and the Native American Celebration.