A Time to Live
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.