The history behind The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge dates back 200 years.
 
The popular tourist attraction is known as the 'most photographed mill in the country'. 
 
It began with the Iron Forge. The Iron Forge was established by a man named Isaac Love.
 
Love inherited the space from his Father-in-Law, who owned 151 acres of land in the area-- what we now know as Pigeon Forge
 
During that time, the iron was smelted, hammered and cast into farming utensils, building equipment and more.
 
"The remains of the Iron Forge, as far as we know, were dismantled and sold off for parts around the 1880s," said Jimmy Proffitt, Old Mill Historian. 
 
Isaac Love and his son, William, built the Old Mill in 1830. 
 
Since then, it has been a post office, hospital, electric company and more. 
 
"What you see here today, is pretty similar to what you would have seen in 1830 when the mill itself was built," added Proffitt.
 
The current owners are the seventh to own the Old Mill.
 
Today it is a working museum and restaurant but keeping true to the heritage.
 
They grind more than 600,000 pounds of grain a year. Each is hand-bagged, weighed and hand-tied.
 
The stones are still water-powered.
 
"It really is exciting to be able to preserve this and still operate it as such," said Proffitt. "We're not just a museum-- we're still operating every single day."
 
The district has grown up around it as well, selling pottery, ice cream, candy, jams and jellies and now distilled spirits. 

Pigeon Forge honors the Old Mill District each year with the Heritage Day Festival.

This year they'll celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Iron Forge.

That event will be on September 23rd, and admission is free.