Native American Celebration
November 15 - November 16
In observance of Native American Heritage Month, we invite you to join us for a special day of milling, memories, and a Native American Celebration at the Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens, SC.
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, atl atl 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 Raven Rock Dancers from Cherokee NC; Keepers of the Word drumming group from Saint George, SC; Thunder Elk, and the Southern Eagle Singers from the Catawba Nation.
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-bead, 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 Foothills Archaeological Chapter will be on site to identify Native American stone tools and artifacts.
There will be a special “children’s corner,” where visitors can make beaded necklaces, and have their face painted in a Native American style. For a special treat, we will have several Spanish Colonial horses on site that are actually descended from the first horses brought to the continent by early Spanish explorers. Children will be allowed to “paint” the horses in the style of the Plains Indians. This is always lots of fun for everyone.
Please continue checking in with the Hagood Mill Historic Site Facebook page or go to HagoodMillFoundation.org for additional programming developments.
There will be much more to see and do as we host a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, 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.
There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. Onsite Camping will be available for this event. Contact us for additional information.
So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from one of our fabulous food trucks 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.
The Hagood Mill Historic Site and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm all year long. The mill will be operating rain or shine.
The Hagood Mill Historic Site is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 W or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off Highway 178 E at 138 Hagood Mill Road.