Just down the road from The Cliffs, in Pickens, SC, visitors are encouraged to step back in time on the grounds of Hagood Mill. Greeted by a blacksmith shop, two historical cabins, a cotton gin and moonshine still, guests can witness one of the oldest operating gristmills in South Carolina. The pride of Hagood, this mill was constructed in 1845 and has been producing grain products ever since. Boasting the largest waterwheel left in the state, this 20 ft. by 4 ft. wooden waterwheel still operates from a running creek that travels by the mill.
Visitors to the site can witness this mill in action every third Saturday of the month when the mill grinds about 800 pounds of wheat and corn during what is considered a mini-festival. During this time visitors can experience historical folklife and traditional arts demonstrations on things like blacksmithing and chair caning. Many of these Third Saturday programs are highlighted by special events including an Appalachian dance celebration, fiddlers convention, and Selugadu: A Native American Celebration, one of the most attended events at the sight.
Throughout the year, the mill site also provides the setting for different classes sponsored by the Pickens county Museum Field School. The nature-based programs provide hands-on experiences and primitive skillsets on topics like beekeeping, hearth cooking and herbal medicine. All proceeds from these classes goes towards helping fund the conservation efforts made at the mill site.