PICKENS — The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of South Carolina, formerly known as the Rock Art Center, will open to the public on Sept. 19 during the Fiddling Championship at Hagood Mill.
This will be a soft opening. Plans are being made for an official dedication at a later date.
The Petroglyph Site will be open regularly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
On Wednesday and Friday the site is free to visitors with no parking charge. On the third Saturday there is a $5 parking fee, but admission to the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site and Hagood Mill remains free.
The building is handicapped accessible, climate controlled, includes an orientation lobby where visitors will find information from Tommy Charles’s book SC Rock Art displayed on the walls, see display cases with “portable petroglyphs” from the area, and hear a video with the story of the discovery and dig.
Visitors will move from the lobby into the main Viewing Room and will be treated to a light show with audio narration from Tommy Charles about specific petroglyphs.
This site contains 32 distinct petroglyphs, 18 representing people and several abstracts.
The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site of SC is located on the Historic Hagood Mill property at 138 Hagood Mill Road in Pickens.
More information will be posted on the new www.visithagoodmill.com website which is in design and set to launch soon. Currently, information is posted on the Pickens County Tourism website at www.visitpickenscounty.com.