Milled Corn Meal and More!
Every town in the Smokies had a small general store that supplied the goods that people needed to exist in the shadows of the mountains. In Pigeon Forge, the mill was also the site of the general store. As the town grew, the people that run the Old Mill Restaurant decided to keep this general store idea going and you can stop next door to the locally famous restaurant and do some shopping for everything from corn meal, that was milled by the water wheel, to area souvenirs. The Old Mill General Store is one of those places that everyone needs to stop at, at least once, while they are vacationing in Pigeon Forge.
When you are driving through Pigeon Forge you will notice a sign at traffic light 6 for the Old Mill and Patriot Park. Turn onto Old Mill Avenue and after you drive past Outback Leather (on the right), you will see a gigantic water wheel on the right hand side of the road. Pull into the parking lot for the Old Mill General Store and the Old Mill Restaurant and head inside.
The general store has a little bit of everything, like general stores of old. Jams, jellies, cookbooks, souvenirs and of course sacks of flour and corn meal line every wall. Right as you come in the door you will be presented with everything Pigeon Forge. From collectibles to t-shirts, bumper stickers to toys, there is a souvenirs for all of those people that you left at home when you went on vacation. Browse through the aisles. Make your way around the store and you will find yourself confronted with rows and shelves covered with edibles. Jams and jellies from the foothills of the Smokies, cookbook from churches and organizations in the area (maybe even one by Dolly Parton herself) and of course flour and corn meal.
If you have never had flour and corn meal ground fresh in an old fashioned mill, get a bag of flour or meal while you are at the general store. You can watch the meal work while it is operation during the day, see the corn and wheat getting ground. Watch as the folks that run the mill go through the process of making a product that has been produced in this location since 1830.
Old Mill General Store
175 Old Mill Avenue
Pigeon Forge, TN