Mingus Mill

28 Mar

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mingus Creek Trail, Cherokee, NC

A half-mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center is Mingus Mill. Built in 1886, this historic grist mill uses a water-powered turbine instead of a water wheel to power all of the machinery in the building. Located at its original site, Mingus Mill stands as a tribute to the test of time.

The fairly large building is powered by the water that rushes into the “millrace” from a diversion upstream.  The path leads all the way to where this diversion occurs.  As you walk up the millrace you’ll notice how the wooden planks that makeup the siding have remained firmly in place over the years. Although it was rehabilitated in 1968 by the National Park service, it is still an impressive sight to see.

2 Responses to “Mingus Mill”

  1. divoran09 March 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

    That is such a beautiful place, story and picture. I love the way the water looks.

    Love, DiVoran

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Onisha Ellis March 28, 2017 at 11:45 am #

    A beautiful photo of a beautiful place. As I walk along the paths, I can almost here by gone voices.

    Liked by 1 person

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