Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill

The Mountain Farm Museum

Kent Cave Photo

The John Davis house at the Mountain Farm Museum.

Kent Cave Photo

Take a video tour of the Mountain Farm Museum to learn about the log home and some of the outbuildings preserved at this unique outdoor museum.


Mingus Mill

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. Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily mid-March through mid-November. Also, open Thanksgiving weekend.


  • Water flows down a millrace to the mill.
  • A working cast iron turbine.
  • A miller demonstrates the process of grinding corn into cornmeal.
  • Cornmeal and other mill-related items are available for purchase at the mill.

Recommended Reading

Books, maps and guides to the national park are available online from the park's nonprofit partner, the Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Mountain Farm Museum Self-Guiding Tour
Keyed to numbered posts or landmarks you'll see at the Mountain Farm Museum, this tour booklet describes the history and buildings of the farm and features historical photographs and illustrations which show what life was like a century ago.


Visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park's official online store for other books, maps, and guides to the park. Operated by the nonprofit Great Smoky Mountains Association, proceeds generated by purchases at the store are donated to educational, scientific, and historical projects in the park.

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107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738


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