Visitors looking to connect with Pigeon Forge, Tennessee’s past can do so by visiting The Old Mill. Located just off the main Parkway, The Old Mill has been in operation since 1830. At that time it produced the meals and flours for the day-to-day existence of early settlers and even furnished electricity for the town until 1935. It still operates today, grinding corn and other grains for use in the Old Mill Restaurant and the Pottery House Café and Grille. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
|The entrance to The Old Mill Square.|
Many traditions continue in Pigeon Forge and at The Old Mill you’ll find heritage preserved through a variety of crafts practiced at the nearby shops of The Old Mill Square. Each store reflects the history of the Mill and gives Pigeon Forge guests an opportunity to take a step back in time. The stores include:
- Pigeon River Pottery
- Farmhouse Kitchen
- The Creamery
- Candy Kitchen
- Toy Bin
The entire square pays homage to the pioneers of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and is a working tribute to the early days of the Smokies. Listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places, The Old Mill remains one of the most popular places to visit in Pigeon Forge and is most certainly one of the most photographed.
|You can walk down a small flight of steps and sit by the water for a nice respite.|
|The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.|
Be sure to make plans on your Pigeon Forge vacation to stop by The Old Mill for a step back in time. I recommend dining at one of the eateries, too. The southern cuisine served at The Old Mill Restaurant is delicious and the portions are generous. Try the southern fried steak and be sure to save room for the homemade pecan pie. It's made from scratch daily and some of the best I've tasted.