Hagood Mill

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Hagood Mill
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Hagood Mill is located in South Carolina
Hagood Mill
Location 138 Hagood Mill Road
Nearest city Pickens, South Carolina
Coordinates 34°55′37″N 82°43′20″W / 34.92694°N 82.72222°W / 34.92694; -82.72222Coordinates: 34°55′37″N 82°43′20″W / 34.92694°N 82.72222°W / 34.92694; -82.72222
Area 8 acres (3.2 ha)
Built 1826
NRHP Reference # 72001217[1]
Added to NRHP December 11, 1972

Hagood Mill is a water-powered gristmill built by Benjamin Hagood in 1826 and rebuilt in 1845 by his son, James Hagood near Pickens, South Carolina[2][3] it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]


The mill currently known as Hagood Mill was built in 1845 by James Hagood. It remained in the family until it was transferred to the Pickens County Museum Commission in 1971.[2] The mill operated until the 1960s. In the 1970s, restoration of the mill began. Operation of the mill was restarted in 1996. The mill is now the centerpiece of the Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center.[4]

The mill history starts with Bailey Anderson who built a mill on the site of the existing mill before 1793. William Jennings purchased the mill about 1793. He died about 1803 and his widow, Dicey Jennings and her son John Robert Jennings then owned and operated the mill. Dicey remarried to Joshua Smith. Around 1821- 1822 Joshua Smith starts putting up property for Public Sale and this is contested by the son, John Robert Jennings. Sheriff Enoch Benson is called in to sell the land and mill with the court of Equity lawsuit being contested. This is around 1823. Certainly by 1825 the property is Benjamin Hagood's and a property conveyance dated January 10th, 1825 shows the mill and pond as it was originally, with the pond very close to the mill, not 1/4 mile away as the existing mill's pond was situated. The mill itself is in the same location. Land transfer records show the same site as Anderson Mill or Andrewson Mill Creek in 1793 and up till 1821. The site and creek are referred to as Jennings Mill, or Widow Jinings old mill, or Jennings Mill Creek in 1810 up to 1882. The site is known as Hagood Mill as early as 1838 in land conveyances.[5]


The mill is an unpainted, two-story building with clapboard siding. It was constructed of hand-hewn logs.[3] It has a 20 feet (6.1 m) overshot wooden water wheel that powers the mill.[4]

There are non-contributing buildings on the site. A visitor's center was built. Two log cabins were relocated to the mill site. There are displays of blacksmithing, a "moonshine" still, and a cotton gin. An old 64 feet (20 m) steel bridge was rebuilt across the creek. Indian petroglyphs have been discovered on a rock at the site.[4]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Badders, Hurley E.; Nancy R. Ruhr (September 5, 1975). "Hagood Mill" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Hagood Mill, Pickens County (U.S. Hwy. 178, Pickens vicinity)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Hagood Mill News". Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center. Pickens County Museum Commission. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Hagood Mill and Its Related History by the Pickens County Historical Commission, Jerry W Hughes, March 1999

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