5.21.2015

Day 21 / Me-Made-May 2015 / Historic Hagood Mill c. 1845

Good Morning from Historic Hagood Mill!  Who could resist an historic site complete with beautiful roses, babbling creeks and abundantly blooming mountain laurel?  Not me!  Figured this beautiful mill site would be more interesting than my boring repeat basics of a Kirsten Kimono Tee and my self-drafted/lined straight skirt.  Welcome to the mountains of Upstate South Carolina, U.S.A.! 
Hagood Mill was built around 1825 and re-built at its present location in 1845. This is the original gristmill house.
We are fortunate that folks are interested in keeping history alive 'round here, so the mill is fully operational and open to the public once a month.  You can buy freshly ground corn-meal here on those days. 
This photo is from my archive as the shadows were too great this morning.  This is the Mill-stone Memorial showcasing old used mill stones.  So cool.
The water wheel was quiet this day. 
So another photo from the archive with better lighting.
The 'quilt block' you see on the building to the right in the photo below, is called a 'barn quilt'.  It is a replica of a quilt block painted on wood to look like fabric and hung on a building.  They are quite decorative and interesting to look at.  Western North Carolina has been successful in creating a tourist destination with their 'Barn Quilt Trail' and our area is hoping to one day do the same.  There is also a pottery building on site.
This area is open to the public daily, but these buildings and mill are only opened and operational once a month when volunteers dress up and re-enact historical times.  These two building below house the textile ladies.  It is fun to see the women dressed in olden days enjoying a quilting bee.  Some months we have fiber artists with their spinning wheels.
I love old buildings and this is the back of the 2 buildings in the photo above.  They are original log cabins that were moved here and re-stored.
One of the nature trails drew me in with this archway of blooming Mountain Laurel whose soft fragrant scent filled the air. 
And what a surprise to find a replica of an original historic outhouse!  See the cut-out crescent moon?  That was not only for light.... but for.... ummm.... ventilation.  :) 
This pedestrian bridge crosses Prater's Creek..... the creek that supplies water to the mill.
And what a glorious sight to see the Mountain Laurel gracefully blooming over the muddy shoals.
Mountain Laurel up close.  Beautiful! 
There's even a Blacksmith Shop, Cotton Gin and Moonshine set-up, but this is all I photographed for today.  How nice to be able to share a little of my area with all of you!  I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of where I live.

Wishing everyone a good day, wherever you may be!

5 comments:

  1. What a beautiful location! I love historic sites so much, one reason why we live in a very old home. Those cabins and bridge look like they are right out of a period movie set. How wonderful they still operate the mill occasionally for people to watch. I bet that cornmeal makes some delicious cornbread!! Thanks for sharing your fascinating photos!!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed seeing a little around where I live! Thank you! :)

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  2. One of the things I love about sewing blogs is being able to take little virtual trips to beautiful places. I've never been to South Carolina but boy would I love to go. So beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Nancy! I'll have to do more of these types of posts in the future. :)

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  3. Lovely pictures, Lisa, thanks for sharing. I love old historic places, too.

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