138 Hagood Mill Road

Pickens, SC 29671

+1-864-898-2936

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Our Dedicated Board

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Hagood Mill Foundation

The Hagood Mill Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Hagood Mill Foundation is dedicated to the protection, preservation and study of Upcountry life and culture for all visitors to the site. It was incorporated in 2017 by the representatives of Pickens County, who administered the Hagood Mill Historic Site at that time. The Hagood Mill Foundation took control of day-to-day management of the Hagood Mill Historic Site, including the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site and Heritage Pavilion, in July 2019 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Pickens County, the owners of the site. 

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Michael Bramlett has always had the desire to rediscover history. In 1996, the opportunity arose for him to assist and work with the South Carolina Institute of Anthropology and Archaeology (SCIAA) in a new endeavor to discover and record primitive rock art in SC. He assisted and apprenticed under State Archaeologist Tommy Charles from 1996 until his retirement in 2010. 

They discovered, co-discovered and recorded scores of Native American rock sites in SC. The most notable of which is the Hagood Mill Site in Pickens, SC. Currently home of the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. Much of their work is chronicled in Tommy Charles’s seminal work “Discovering South Carolinas Rock Art” published in 2010 and available for sale in the Hagood Mill Mercantile.

Robert Sams is the Chair of the Hagood Mill Foundation. He has been a real estate broker since 2005. He is married to Easley native, Phyllis Smith Sams and they have 2 daughters, Liz and Holly, and one granddaughter. He resides in Easley, SC.

In addition to his work at the Hagood Mill, he also volunteers with the Pickens County Advocacy Center, Friends of Library board and heads a committee at Easley Presbyterian Church. Robert enjoys reading, music, gardening and traveling. 

 

Betty McDaniel is a retired educator from the School District of Pickens County and an adjunct professor from Southern Wesleyan University. Betty is the Vice-Chair of the Board at Hagood Mill Foundation and is also an indispensable volunteer for the organization.

In 2008 she founded and is now director of Young Appalachian Musicians, over 300, 3rd -8th graders who are learning to play traditional mountain music.Betty helped found the Holly Springs Center, where she is currently on the Board and volunteers. She received her B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and later went on to receive her Ph.D. in Elementary Education from UofSC.

Betty has 3 grown daughters, 6 grandchildren and lives with her husband, Ed, in their restored farmhouse.

Tom Hagood serves as the Treasurer for the Hagood Mill Foundation. He is a native of Pickens, South Carolina, although his primary residence is Fort Mill, South Carolina. He is the Great Great Grandson of Colonel Benjamin Hagood and the Great Great grandson of James E. Hagood.

Tom works as the National Accounts Manager for the McGee Corporation. He is married to Marilyn Ervin Hagood and they have two children.

BIOGRAPHY COMING SOON…

Dr. Kathy McKenzie-Mitiku was the director of auditing for the City of Winston – Salem, NC for nearly 30 years. Upon retirement she edited for several academic journals as well as managed the family businesses. She is a descendant of the Hagood family and proud to serve the community.

Louise Hope has roots in Pickens County. Her relatives have been here since the mid 1800’s; she moved here in 1989. She worked for Pickens County Schools for 25 years. She helped design Turtles on the Town, which are 13 bronze turtle statues around uptown Pickens; more recently she helped the city implement Touristy Turtles. 

She also created the Sesquicentennial Geocaching Tour for locals as well as tourists to enjoy. She is married, living with her husband and 90-year-old father, and she has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and kayaking.

 

Michael Bramlett has always had the desire to rediscover history. In 1996, the opportunity arose for him to assist and work with the South Carolina Institute of Anthropology and Archaeology (SCIAA) in a new endeavor to discover and record primitive rock art in SC. He assisted and apprenticed under State Archaeologist Tommy Charles from 1996 until his retirement in 2010. 

 

Allison Fowler serves as the Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for Pickens County.

She has been in the role since early 2020 when she made the switch from working for the City of Pickens for almost seven years. Prior to working in Pickens, Allison was the Marketing Director for Trehel Corporation, an upstate design/build construction firm.

She holds a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design and a bachelor’s in History from Clemson University. She resides in Clemson with her husband and three sons