Pickens in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Hagood Cabin
Originally built in the early 1800's by the family of Benjamin Hagood on family land about a half mile from here, this is the third place that this venerable old log cabin has stood.
It is thought because of the unusual interior log wall, that it may have been built as come manner of store or trading post, with the inner room being for safe storage. Either that, or the interior wall was added for strength because of the longer than average (30 ft.) length. This cabin is a "five-log'er," requiring only five logs, averaging 18 inches high to go from floor to ceiling.
By the mid-1900's, with the roof falling inn, the structure suffered from neglect and was in danger of disappearing forever. In 1960, thirteen-year-old Billy Davis of Pickens, talked then owner, attorney W.E. Findley, into selling him the logs for his life savings of $60.00. With the help of his father, Harold Davis, and his grandfather, J.J. Hedden, young Billy was able to see the old cabin reconstructed in back of the Davis home, at that time next to Cannon Hospital in Pickens. For many years, the David family gave tours of the old cabin and even saw it filed
In 2001, the property was sold and the cabin was auctioned off. Dr. Larry Brotherton, of Easley, purchased the cabin and to keep it from being taken outside Pickens County he stored the logs at his Easley business. In 2003, he donated the Hagood Cabin to the Pickens County Cultural Commission so that it could be reconstructed here at the Mill Site.
Pickens County owes a debt to young Billy Davis and his family for first rescuing the structure and, especially, to Dr. Larry Brotherton, for his rescue and selfless, generous gift. Master log cabin builders Ralph and Cooter Perry, along with the help of Pickens County Building Maintenance, restored the cabin. Numerous individuals and County Departments assisted in a variety of ways to see that the old Hagood Log Cabin could come, appropriately, to its "home" at Hagood Mill.
Location. 34° 55.583′ N, 82° 43.317′ W. Marker is in Pickens, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker can be reached from Hagood Mill Road. Touch for map. Marker is located to the left of the cabin's south entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 138 Hagood Mill Road, Pickens SC 29671, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Murphree-Hollingsworth Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Hagood Mill Historic Site Soapstone Boulder (within shouting distance of this marker); Moorefield Memorial Highway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pickens (approx. 3 miles away); William M. Hagood (approx. 3 miles away); Hagood-Mauldin House (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named The Hagood-Mauldin House (approx. 3 miles away); Andrew Pickens (approx. 3 miles away); Elihu Griffin (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pickens.
Also see . . .
1. Hagood Mill. Hagood 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. (Submitted on June 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Hagood Family - Pickens County, SC. The Hagood family figures prominently in the history of Pickens County, SC. (Submitted on June 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Pickens County Cultural Commission. Monitors operation of Pickens County Museum of Art and History and the Hagood Mill historic site as public, nonprofit educational institutions whose purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the artifacts, antiquities and archival, cultural and natural history of the County and surrounding geographic region. (Submitted on June 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 829 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.