Highlight from History
Posted 5/6/2010 3:21:00 PM
Visitors to Upstate South Carolina can step back in time at a historic Pickens County landmark. Hagood Mill is a restored 19th century water-powered gristmill. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hagood is the only mill in South Carolina still operating with original wheel parts.
Built in 1845, Hagood Mill operated commercially until 1966. During the height of production, Hagood reportedly produced 140,000 pounds of meal and 11,200 pounds of flour. Today, Hagood still produces grain products. Visitors can get fresh stone ground cornmeal and grits at the mill on the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Hagood Mill site, which also includes a blacksmith shop, cotton gin, moonshine display and other interesting attractions, is open for tours Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hagood Mill is located about three miles north of downtown Pickens off U.S. 178 on Hagood Mill Road. Admission is free. For more information, call the Pickens County Museum at (864) 898-5963.