Haygood’s Mill Road
City Directories and History: Hagood – Haygood’s Mill is a good example of the simple, functional building style employed by South Carolina upcountry pioneers in the first half of the nineteenth century. The gristmill and wooden water wheel remain as originally constructed with no alterations or additions and is one of the few such mills still in existence in South Carolina. Built in ca. 1826, the mill is an unpainted, two-story clapboard building mounted on a fieldstone foundation. Early construction methods are evidenced by hand hewn logs notched and pegged
together to form the framework. Hagood Mill was built by James E. Hagood who served as clerk of court for Pickens District for many years. The mill was once part of an early commercial complex including the Hagood Store which no longer exists. Both mill and store were gathering places for residents of the surrounding agricultural area who came here frequently to have grain ground into flour and grist and to purchase supplies. Listed in the National Register December 11, 1972. (Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
Additional data: These PDF’s list was compiled as part of a study of grist mills in upcountry S.C. in 2005. The survey was conducted by Southeastern Archeological Services, Inc. Researchers should recall that in 1880, many of S.C.’s counties had not yet been formed. Therefore, some grist mills as per this survey of 1880 will be listed in their original county locations, perhaps not in the current S.C. county location.
R&R Note: This list is certainly considered a great research project but it does not include many “locally” documented gist mills that operated during the late 19th century.
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IMAGE GALLERY via photographer Bill Segars – 2006