• Featured in the group OLD BARNS-Grist Mills-Covered Bridges (August-2010)

Almost two centuries ago, the Mill began serving the communities of Sevier County, Tennessee from the banks of The Little Pigeon River, providing much needed meal and flour to the early settlers there. It still does. Originally, Pigeon Forge was named for the passenger pigeons that frequented the area when it was settled in the late 1790’s.

In 1820, Isaac Love established an iron forge as the community’s first business. The name Pigeon Forge is a combination of the iron forge and the Little Pigeon River. In 1830, Isaac’s son William, dammed up the Little Pigeon and began construction of the first building of what has become the Old Mill. He used 40-ft long, "14×14" Yellow Poplar logs which are still clearly visible today.

Huge river rocks have served to support the Old Mill during all these years. In the early days the mill was the heart of the community and served as a gathering spot for the villagers. It is still such an attraction today, not only for Pigeon Forge, but also for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park area itself.

Today, The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and just as in the 19th century, it’s still one of the most popular places in the Smokies and one of the most photographed mills in the country. Ten million plus yearly visitors pass through Pigeon Forge.

Featured in Country Living-May, 2012


  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonover 4 years ago

    Nice capture, well done!

  • Thanks Monte!

    – David Owens

  • Bill Marsh
    Bill Marshover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture :

    Great info as well.

    Take Care.


  • Thanks Bill!

    – David Owens

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ruth! Much appreciated!

    – David Owens

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture of a beautiful place. I have been to this site several years ago. Really enjoyed the notalgic feeling of the area! Congrats on your feature!

  • Thank you Angie! It’s a great place to have dinner too!

    – David Owens

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 3 years ago

    how fabulous this site, another AMERICANA image ,, that just steals me away to those times.. great shot .. peace and love linmarie

  • Thank you!

    – David Owens

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much Pamela! Very much appreciated!

    – David Owens

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 2 years ago

    Congrats on your feature !
    Honored to share the feature spotlight with this fabulous capture.

  • Thanks Jan!

    – David Owens

  • lynell
    lynellover 2 years ago

    I have photographed this one myself. Nice capture and write up.

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