Storytelling Festival

& Liar's Competition

October 16-17, 2020

Join us for a Friday night special of ghost stories and Saturday come on down to the old mill and listen to tales skirting the edges of truth and belief.


Friday 10/16/20 Ghost Stories at the Hagood Mill

$5 per person. 12 and under free. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Join us as we marry our evening of ghost stories with our Storytelling Festival. Ghost stories will start at 7:00 pm and run until 8:30 pm. Gates open at 6 pm. You may peruse the grounds and purchase a hot dog plate and snacks.

Saturday 10/17/20 Storyteller's Festival and Liar's Competition

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.

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 17 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.

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


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 Site. Come and enjoy!

There will be lots to see on October 17 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 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.



138 Hagood Mill Rd
Pickens, SC 29671


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

Mill runs every third Saturday at our Folklife Festivals. 

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



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