Old Mill Hosts Holiday Events
Nov 05, 2014
Old Mill hosts holiday events
November has arrived, and it brings the start of lots of holiday hustle and bustle.
But you don’t have to take on all hostess duties: The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge – known for its signature foods and artisan pottery since 1830 -- is opening its doors for a grand Thanksgiving Feast and later for Breakfast and Brunch With Santa.
Both restaurants, The Old Mill Restaurant and The Old Mill Pottery House Café and Grille, will be open on Thursday, November 27, 2014 Thanksgiving Day. A traditional family style Thanksgiving feast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Guests are unable to make reservations for this day.
Brunch with Santa
Breakfast and Brunch With Santa will be on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at The Pottery House Café and Grille. Breakfast will be served from 8:15-9:30 a.m. and brunch will be served from 10-11:15 a.m.
A Kid’s Craft Tent will be at The Old Mill Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Old Mill’s stores will be open Christmas Eve Day until 4 p.m.
The Pottery House Café and Grille will be open until 5 p.m. and The Old Mill Restaurant will be open until 7 p.m.
All stores and both restaurants will be closed on Christmas Day.
About The Old Mill
In the early 1800s, the water-powered gristmill on the banks of the Little Pigeon River became one of the main places of activity in Pigeon Forge, a small mountain town. Back then, the mill produced meals and flours needed for daily existence of the Smokies’ early settlers.
The Old Mill also furnished electricity for the town until 1935.
One of its most distinctive features is a giant water wheel that harnesses the flow of the Little Pigeon River. Inside its structure is an antiquated and reliable system of shafts, belts and pulleys working to turn 4,600 pound stones and grain elevators.
The massive flint granite stones, called French Buhrs, weigh one ton each. They are only the second set ever used in The Old Mill’s 178-year-old history. The stones convert grain into about 1,000 pounds of product each day, six days a week. Resident millers hand-fill, weigh and tie each bag of stone-ground grain.
Products ground at The Old Mill are used in many dishes at The Old Mill Restaurant, including biscuits, corn bread, pancakes, hush puppies, muffins and grits. The Old Mill Pottery House Café and Grille uses its own grains for homemade artisan style breads that are prepared each day.
The area’s heritage is preserved through the variety of crafts that are practiced at nearby shops in The Old Mill Square. Pigeon River Pottery has been home to pottery making for more than 50 years, and time-tested recipes are prepared by confectioners in The Old Mill Candy Kitchen.
The entire square is a working tribute to the Smokies’ pioneer days.
The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most photographed mills in the country.
For more information, visit www.old-mill.com.
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By Doug Shanks a Google Local Guide Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.