September 24, 2016 The Old Mill will be celebrating their 13th Annual Heritage Day. The Old Mill is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This festival has free admission and fun for the entire family. Mountain crafts and demonstrations, and games for all ages will keep you entertained throughout the day. Live music and entertainment from the area’s talented musicians include Country, Gospel, Bluegrass, and Folk Songs on stage live in front of The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille throughout the day. The Kid’s Area, which closes at 4pm, has many special events tailored to keep the children occupied for hours. This ONE DAY EVENT celebrating the heritage of The Old Mill, the Great Smoky Mountains, and its people is an event not to be missed.
From 1836 to the early 19th century a water-powered grist mill was built on the banks of what would become the Pigeon River. Not only was the mill a source of crucial grinding of meal for food of the area’s inhabitants, but it became the center of activity for trade, news, and goods. During the Civil War, the third floor became a hospital for wounded soldiers and local women sewed uniforms for them. The first Post Office in Pigeon Forge was housed in the area that the General Store now occupies. Until 1935 the town of Pigeon Forge received their electricity from the water-powered mill.
Today the heritage of our past is being preserved and passed down through the variety of crafts, pottery, recipes, and products still ground at The Old Mill. The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is still one of the most popular places to visit in the Great Smoky Mountain Area.
Touring The Old Mill you will feel like a part of you has stepped back into time. The historic working mill area uses the same equipment as in olden days to grind grains for you to purchase. While watching the grinding process, you can hear stories from the past and more history on the mill.
Two restaurants are on site to tantalize your taste buds. The Old Mill Restaurant serves traditional, hearty Southern meals served family-style overlooking the Pigeon River. The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille features many homemade artisan breads and sandwiches along with Southern favorites for you to enjoy. You also have a choice of eating in the dining room or outside by the fountain.
After you have enjoyed your delicious meal you should check out The Old Mill Creamery for a sweet ice cream treat or visit The Old Mill Candy Kitchen for some homemade candies. New to The Old Mill is the Old Forge Distillery that makes spirits from the grains on site.
Unique gifts can be found in the shops at The Old Mill. Besides the items that can be found at the restaurants, creamery, candy shop, and distillery; three more shops can help you to find one of the kind items to bring back from your trip back in time. The Old Mill General Store has stone-ground cornmeal, grits, and mixes to go with the recipes of items you have eaten in their restaurants. Souvenirs and a variety of gifts can be found here also. The Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery has one-of-a-kind items made by the master potter on site, with demonstrations also. Sassafras is a shop the ladies will love with the latest trends in fashion for their shopping enjoyment.