Historic Old Mill
You will take a step back in time and watch the millers grind Old Mill grains using the same equipment that was used when the mill was built in 1830. Learn how the stones are turned by harnessing the power of the Little Pigeon River, and hear stories about the mill’s history over the years! The mill is still used to grind fresh grains used by the Old Mill restaurant and Pottery House Cafe and Grille as well as sold in the Old Mill General Store.
It is also one of the most photographed mills in the country, so be sure to bring your phone or camera with you so you can capture the beautiful sight!
Shops at The Old Mill
While you’re at The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, take some time to browse the many shops! You can find at The Old Mill Square.
The Old Mill General Store – The Old Mill General Store is right next to the mill. You can buy bags of stone-ground cornmeal, grits, mix for fritters, and more. This shop also has a variety of fun gifts and souvenirs.
Pigeon River Pottery – Their potters still use the same process today that they did 50 years ago, and you can even watch them as they work at the potter’s wheel in the demonstration studio! The potters are recreating traditional designs with clay that’s unique to the area and finishing them with glazes developed to reflect the colors of nature in the Smoky Mountains.
Sassafras –Sassafras is a shop just for the ladies, offering purses, booths, hats, scarves, fashion jewelry, and clothing.
The Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen – You can find everything from their famous corn chowder to serving pieces. The staff at this shop also specializes in custom gift baskets so you can create your own special gift for your friends or family!
Food & Fun at The Old Mill
One of the things The Old Mill is recognized for the most is its delicious Southern food. The restaurants use products ground at The Old Mill in their dishes.
The Old Mill Restaurant – The Old Mill Restaurant offers a true taste of Southern hospitality. This restaurant is known for its old-fashioned Southern food. Ample portion sizes will keep you full all day.
Pottery House Cafe & Grille – When the weather is nice, you can dine outside on the patio beside the small pond. For lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves grilled salmon, fresh local trout, quality steaks, and, of course, Southern comfort foods. Enjoy freshly baked breads, fried chicken, or shrimp & grits.
The Old Mill Creamery – Order one of their sundaes, shakes, grinders or homemade ice cream sandwiches.
The Old Mill Candy Kitchen – At The Old Mill Candy Kitchen, you’ll find homemade chocolates, taffy, and their famous Bear Paws, which is an original chocolate, caramel, and nut creation. In the open kitchen, you can watch as candy makers make homemade chocolates, pour caramel on slabs for cooling, dip apples, and more.
There are also many more shops on the side streets which are definitely worth taking a peak.
There is a place where they demonstrate how to make things forged in fire. You can make a knife handle. Neat place to spend some time.
Old Forge Distillery
There is also a moonshine distillery called the Old Forge Distillery. Here you can sample some moonshine flavors.