Grist for the mill: Singer/songwriters bring their musical stories to Pickens County
Posted 6/14/2013 8:43:00 AM
With the growing popularity of the television show “Nashville,” singer/songwriters are all the rage these days. If you are passing through the mountains of South Carolina this weekend (June 15), the place to stop is Hagood Mill (864-898-5963), 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens.
A free event is being hosted by entertainer Gregg “Buffalo” Barfield, who will perform along with Michael Hunter, Shawn James, Derrick Phillips and Becky Stovall.
Nashville songwriter Bobby Holliday will be screening “Crown of the Carolinas” in the visitor building from noon to 3 p.m. The video tour of South Carolina’s mountains and lakes is accompanied by some of Holliday’s songs about the area. For budding singer/songwriters, Holliday also will be available to answer questions about the Nashville music business.
“Music in the Mountains 2013” kicks off at noon, but Hagood Mill opens at 10 a.m. with demonstrations at the old gristmill, which was built at its current location in 1845. It is one of the oldest operating gristmills in the state and has the largest waterwheel (20 feet).
The site also includes a family farm exhibit, a log cabin dating to the 18th century, a blacksmith shop and a moonshine still. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. Grits and cornmeal are available at the mill store.
For information about Saturday’s event, call Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or the Pickens County Museum at (864) 898-5963.