Reagan Mill in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Sitting alongside Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Reagan Mill is a good example of the tub mills that once dotted streamsides all over the Appalachians. Tub mills were ideally suited to mountainous terrain because they captured energy from relatively low volume, high velocity streams. A little larger than a good-sized outhouse, they easily fit along narrow stream banks.
These mini-mills were so popular that as many as 14 once lined Gatlinburg's LeConte Creek. A tub mill like Reagan Mill could produce about a bushel of cornmeal a day.
Alfred Reagan, who built the mill in 1895, farmed for a living; however, he was also accomplished in other areas. He had a blacksmith shop and a store and served as a preacher and a carpenter.
In downtown Gatlinburg turn onto Historic Nature Trail. Travel 2.2 miles to the entrance of Cherokee Orchard Road. This driving trail is a one-way road which runs for 8 miles. You will find Reagan Mill at the end of the trail.
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