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Historic Hagood Mill offering virtual field trips for school, home use

Historic Hagood Mill in Pickens has developed a series of virtual field trips for private home use or for group use in a school or a homeschool setting. They are designed for pre-K through eighth grades.

Each virtual field trip kit includes a short video entitled Welcome to Hagood Mill Historic Site, a choice of one tour video, and a choice of one demonstration/how-to video.

Each how-to video comes with an accompanying slideshow which includes a lesson plan with objectives, direct instruction, guided practice/hands-on activity, assessment and related South Carolina standards. Some also contain a supply list, worksheets, a rubric for assessment and extension/enrichment activities.

The virtual field trips include the following topics:

  • Native American Way of Life in the 1800’s
  • Living in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the 1800’s
  • Petroglyphs and Artifacts in SC (Available February 15, 2021.)

Pricing for kits depends on whether virtual tours are used for private home use or for group use in a school or homeschool group. Kits are $20 each for private home use and $40 for group use.

Historic Hagood Mill is the centerpiece of the Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center. The center features historic cabins, a blacksmith shop, a moonshine still and a cotton gin. It also includes the South Carolina Petroglyph Site, which preserves significant Native American rock carvings, and the 64-foot (20 m) steel Prater’s Creek Bridge, built by the Greenville Steel and Foundry Company in 1930 and brought to the site in 2007.

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The 1845 mill is an unpainted, two-story building constructed of hand-hewn logs and covered with clapboard siding. The water wheel and mechanical components of the mill were rebuilt in the mid-1970s using much of the surviving fabric, and they were restored again by local historians and volunteers. The mill and surrounding property were donated to the Pickens County Museum in 1973.

Hagood Mill Historic Site is open Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with visitors asked to observe social distancing guidelines while at the site. For more information on virtual field trips and upcoming in-person activities at Hagood Mill, visit HagoodMillHistoricSite.com.

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