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Old Mill Square

In the early 1800's, a water-powered gristmill on the banks of the Little Pigeon River became one of the main hubs of activity in the small mountain community of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In those days, the mill faithfully produced the meals and flours that were crucial for the day-to-day existence of the Smokies' early settlers. In fact, The Old Mill even furnished electricity for the town until 1935.

One of The Old Mill's most distinctive features is the giant water wheel that harnesses the flow of the Little Pigeon River. Inside the structure, an antiquated yet reliable system of shafts, belts, and pulleys still gets the job done, working to turn the 4600-pound stones and grain elevators.

The Old Mill & General Store - The Old Mill is one of the most photographed mills in the entire country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It still functions as it did when it was built in 1830. The General Store adjoining our Historic Old Mill, is a favorite shopping destination for a million plus visitors each year. At the General Store, you'll find all of The Old Mill's fresh-ground grains, such as yellow and white grits or cornmeal, a variety of flours, and our famous pancake and specialty mixes. You'll also find homemade jams, jellies, salad dressings, and other popular products from our Old Mill Signature line, fudge made across the street at our Candy Kitchen, as well as a unique selection of gifts, Smoky Mountain memorabilia, and craft items to help you remember your visit to a true national treasure. Stop by and see where it all began!

The Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery - Since pottery has been made at this very location for over 50 years, we consider our in-house potters experts in this traditional mountain craft. In fact, our artisans created most of the plates, bowls, salt & pepper shakers, and other serving pieces used in our two restaurants. Formed and fired on site, selections at Pigeon River Pottery include hundreds of specialty and serving pieces in many unique glazes, plus a collection of original sculptures from the Pottery's Mighty Bear series which showcases the American Black Bear. Stop by and see our potters at work each day, or click here to see it now!

The Old Mill Toy Bin - Little red wagons and wooden rocking horses are just two examples of the many treasures to be found in The Old Mill Toy Bin, where nostalgia is the name of the game. Whether it's a grandparent who sees a reminder of his favorite childhood toy or an exploring toddler who experiences for the first time the feel of a soft, plush bear, the Toy Bin holds something for the young and young at heart. We bring out the kid in everyone!

Sassafras - Treat yourself at our newest Old Mill Store. Sassafras is the perfect choice for a unique gift, for either yourself or someone else! Our store is the perfect stop for a shopping getaway with your friends, a creative birthday present idea or to find the perfect accessory for that special occasion outfit. With choices in endless varieties of color and style, Sassafras has something for everyone – young or old. For help on gift choices or advice on matching accessories, our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you. Visit us to see beautiful distinctive jewelry, apparel, purses, bags, hats, scarves and much more!

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