It has been cold and bleak outside, so to heat things up, join us for a day of great Blues featuring the legendary Mac Arnold. The site is open 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Upcountry South Carolina is a historical Mecca for the Blues. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s the streets of Laurens County, Greenville, Spartanburg, & Anderson reverberated with the music of bluesmen/street- preachers as they were strolling with their tin cups extended. Many of these musicians became famous on the streets of New York City in the folk revival of the 50s and 60s. It is this tradition that we celebrate each February at the Hagood Mill Historic Site.
This year’s lineup in addition to Mac Arnold is Carolina Slim, David Donar, and Freddie Vanderford. Hear the old music that made upstate South Carolina a famous “roots environment” for the Piedmont Blues…some tunes primitive in nature and others coming from the sweet soul of the South Carolina bluesmen of long ago.
Hear the old music that made upstate South Carolina a famous “roots environment” for the Piedmont Blues…some tunes primitive in nature and others coming from the sweet soul of the South Carolina bluesmen of long ago.
There will be lots of other things to see on February 19th as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folklife and traditional-arts demonstrations. The Mill will be running and the grits will be a grinding. Living history demonstrators will have the option to set up at the Heritage Pavilion with the artisan vendors, or to stay in their regular spots at the Historic Site. We encourage visitors to ask questions of the artists, gain insight, and if you wish, spend a little money to secure a traditional arts treasure of your own.
There will be an artisan market with a cherry picked selection of the area’s artisans, where you can bring your special Valentine to shop for a unique, handcrafted gift. There will be kids activities as well! The Heritage Pavilion is closed in with tarps and will be heated with propane heaters. As always, we encourage visitors to bring their own seating and to bundle up.