Dine, shop and discover 18th century life aboard an Old Mill Square bus excursion. Situated in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, the Old Mill Square is a historic landmark and one of the Smokies’ most popular destinations. Family run Old Mill Square takes pride in providing its guests with traditional experiences. Watch the Old Mill in action, pottery being thrown, or try delicious, old-fashioned candy. In Old Mill Square there are elements of traditional 18th century life everywhere you look.

You won’t find your typical grocery store in Old Mill Square, but authentic 18th century shops all well preserved and home to unique goods you won’t can’t anywhere else. Old Mill Square not only offers authentic 18th century goods, but an enjoyable learning experience in every shop.

Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge, TN Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Traditional Shopping in Old Mill Square

The Old Mill & General Store

Listed on the Register of Historic Places, millions of guests come to Old Mill Square each year just to see the Old Mill & General Store. Watch the Old Mill in action as is grinds grain just as it did hundreds of years ago. Freshly-ground grain can be purchased in the shop along with other homemade goods like delicious jams, a variety of jellies and creamy salad dressings.


The Old Mill Pigeon River Pottery

For 50 years the professional potters at River Pottery have been passionate about their art. From kitchenware to sculptures, you can find one-of-a-kind pieces to take away with you. Stop in any day of the week to see the in-house potters working at the wheel. The Mighty Bear series is not to be missed, a fascinating display that showcases the American Black Bear.


The Old Mill Farmhouse Kitchen

Famous creamy, corn chowder, signature bread mixes and unusual cookware right from River Pottery can all be found in the Old Farmhouse Kitchen. Take home something special for the kitchen, or create a unique gift basket filled with goodies from Old Mill Square for a friend.


The Old Mill Creamery

Traditionally churned ice cream can be found in the Old Mill Creamery. All homemade on site, dare to try unusual flavors and don’t forget to ask about the monthly specials. While pumpkin ice cream is popular in the fall, fruity raspberry and tangy lemon keep guests cool in the warm months.


The Old Mill Candy Kitchen

The Creamery isn’t the only place you can find to satisfy your sweet tooth in Old Mill Square, Candy Kitchen has been making traditional old-fashioned candy for years. Mouth-watering hard candies and taffy, indulgent chocolate covered cherries and the famous smooth caramel, pecan, chocolate Bear Paws are all to die for. Watch the confectioners as they pull, turn and cook in copper kettles that have been in use for over 75 years.


The Old Mill Toy Bin

Huggable teddy bears, authentic wooden rocking horses and traditional board games like Snakes and Ladders will take you back in time at the Old Mill Toy Bin. Find the toys you cherished as a child and share them with loved ones.



The newest addition to Old Mill Square is Sassafras. Find that unique gift, or one of a kind accessory. Whatever your style, you will discover everything from jewellery and scarves to hats and bags.

Restaurants Old Mill Style

While you might be tempted to fill up on delicious candy and creamy ice cream, make sure you save room for the South’s finest cuisine. There are several options when it comes to dining in Old Mill Square. The menus are extensive and are sure to satisfy any palette.


The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille

The Old Pottery House Café & Grille is culinary art at its finest. While fresh salads, soups and sandwiches served on homemade speciality breads are great for lunch, quality steaks, southern catfish, fresh seafood and other comfort foods of the South are available during dinner hours. Kitchenware and other pieces throughout Pottery House Café & Grill come from the River Pottery creating an ambiance that echoes the heritage of Old Mill Square.


The Old Mill Restaurant

One of the Smokies’ leading restaurants, the Old Mill, is the perfect spot for, breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Country-fried steak, chicken pot pies and pot roast all served with the famous corn chowder and fresh vegetables are just a few of Mill Restaurant’s specialties. It is southern home cooking at its best. Don’t miss out on Old Mill’s freshly-made pecan pie, available every day.