Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival & Liars Competition- Saturday 10/19/19 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m

Ghost Stories and Grub- Friday Night 10/18/19  6-8:30 pm (Ghost Stories start at 7:00)

Pay at gate for EACH event.

$5 per person.  12 and under are free.

There are no parking fees.

Each October, the hills and hollers around the Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens, South Carolina, come alive with storytellers sharing the weird and wonderful, mountain funnies, memories of yesteryear, and tales of mystical places in Appalachia. This year marks the Eighteenth Anniversary of the Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival, and you are cordially invited to share this special day with us.


Back by popular demand, our host for this year’s shindig is author and storyteller Johnny Thomas Fowler. This veteran showman is guaranteed to delight listeners with his music, folklore, and a big helping of incredible stories to share with each and every one. Other featured performers for this year’s event include Chuck Brodsky, Donna Marie Todd, and Tony Marr.


This year’s “Liars Competition” will have you busting stitches with laughter. Eight talented wordsmiths will have seven minutes each to tell their best, their boldest, their funniest and most outlandish lies. Bring your tall tales, your best fish stories, your alternative facts and your boldest, most brazen, bald-faced bits of balderdash.


Come on down to the old mill on October 19 and witness stories skirting the edges of truth and belief. Contestants will battle it out for the grand and exalted title of the “Biggest Liar in South Carolina.” First, second, and third place contestants will receive cash prizes provided by David Joe Miller Presents, Stone Soup Storytelling Festival, and Hairytoe Productions.


Hagood Mill warmly welcomes liars of all ages, backgrounds, and identities (whether true or false). To pre-register for this unique competition call Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936, or email Billy.HMF@gmail.com.

Admission is $5.00 for adults. Kids 12 yrs and under receive free admission to this event, as well as the Hagood Mill Historic Site and the SC Petroglyph & Rock Art Center. We are no longer charging for parking.


On Friday night at the old Mill, 10/18, gates will open at 6:00 pm for a night of ghost stories and grub for those who are so fortunate to attend. Concessions will be available for an additional charge and will be offering hot dogs and other fine treats. From 7-8:30 PM you’ll enjoy hearing the ghost stories of John Fowler, Dean Watson, and Donna Marie Todd. This night of fun and festivities will be $5 per person and children 12 and under are free. Tickets will be sold at the gate only and food will be paid for separately.


There will be lots to see on October 19 as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folk-life and traditional-arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basketmaking, pottery, hearth cooking, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, wood-carving, metalsmithing, leatherworking, beekeeping demonstrations,
and more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of their traditional arts to take home. The Gift Shop will be open. 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 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 available.


There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from our concession stand or from one of our fabulous food trucks and enjoy a special day at Hagood Mill.


Hagood Mill Historic Site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for special events on the third Saturday of each month.

Hagood Mill is located just three miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road. For additional information, please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936
or check out our website at HagoodMillFoundation.org To keep up with this and other upcoming events check out our pages on Instagram and Facebook.


-”…a man is always a teller of tales, he lives surrounded by his stories and the stories of others, he sees everything that happens to him through them; and he tries to live his life as if he were telling a story.” ...Jean-Paul Sartre

138 Hagood Mill Rd
Pickens, SC 29671

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