The Greenwood area of South Carolina is home to many Upstate hash traditions. One “origin story” concerns the altercation between Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina and Sen. Summers of Massachusetts in 1856. Sen. Summers’ disparaging remarks about the South prompted Rep. Brooks to attack him on the Senate floor. News of the incident spread fast and large crowds between 6,000 and 10,000 gathered at Star Fort in Ninety-Six, SC, in support of Rep. Brooks when he returned. A food was needed at this event that could feed the multitudes as well as keep in an age without refrigeration. Thus, the famous “Ninety-Six Hash” was born. It is said to be the source recipe for all of the hash made around Greenwood – one of the “hash-hubs” of the state.

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Greenwood County Hash | Digital Traditions
Greenwood County Hash | Digital Traditions

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The Greenwood area of South Carolina is home to many Upstate hash traditions. One “origin story” concerns the altercation between Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina and Sen. Summers of...
Grendel Mill Hash House  | Digital Traditions
Grendel Mill Hash House | Digital Traditions

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Jerry Gantt shows the site of the Grendel Mill hash house. Beth Rembert recalls working at the hash house as a child. Sharon Deas’ father, Charles Flinn, was the hashmaster at the Grendel Mill hash...
The Stump Meeting  | Digital Traditions
The Stump Meeting | Digital Traditions

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William Jennings Bryan Dorn and his son Johnson Dorn talk of the hash served at “stump meetings” held on W.J.B. Dorn’s estate during his political years.