My World: Cable Mill

The Cable grist mill in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. August 27, 2010.

This is my post for the My World meme.  It is hosted by Klaus, Ivar, Sandy, Wren, and Fishing Guy.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

When we visited Cades Cove in the Smokies a couple of weeks ago, we stopped at the Cable Mill area in the southwest corner of the cove.  Although there are several buildings (and a visitor center) here, it was the mill that most interested us.

John F. Cable bought land in the cove in the late 1860s and built a water-powered grist mill and sawmill in about 1870.  The same  wheel provided power for both mills.  The sawmill no longer exists, but the restored grist mill still grinds away.  It’s possible to see corn being ground most days, but we couldn’t get a decent picture of the inside of the mill.

Cable Mill water wheel, Cades Cove, Tennessee. August 27, 2010.

The docent in the mill said that a water wheel lasts for about 25 years and then needs to be replaced.  She wasn’t sure how old the current wheel is.

The Cable Mill flume, Cades Cove, Tennessee. August 27, 2010.

The mill flume is quite long, but does a good job of holding the water as it makes its way from the mill pond to the water wheel.  The flume also holds quite a few coins, as you may be able to see if you enlarge the picture.

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20 Responses to “My World: Cable Mill”

  1. Judy Says:

    Some new information here, for me, at least. I had never thought to ask whether water wheels wore out…

  2. Susie Says:

    I think mill’s like this are so interesting. I would love to see one in action.

  3. Mildred Says:

    These are lovely photos and I think it’s cute that folks throw coins into the flume!

  4. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    What a terrific post, George! I love the old mill! I’d never thought about them wearing out, but of course, they would over time. Really enjoyed the history you included and your photos are great. Hope your week is going well!


  5. Mary Says:

    This is really interesting. Always neat to learn about the old days and how they did things. I love seeing mill wheels. Getting to see one work is neat, too.

  6. busy bee suz Says:

    What a great sight to see and learn about. Thanks George!

  7. Ruth Hiebrt Says:

    What a fascinating place to visit. Thanks for sharing these images.

  8. Rajesh Says:

    Wonderful historical place. It is god to see this mill being restored fpr the today’s generations.

  9. Rose Says:

    I always love mills…love to see them working. I like your photos.

  10. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Good pictures. I never even thought about those wheels wearing down!

  11. happyone Says:

    Old mills are fascinating and you have taken some great pictures. I did see the coins. Hopefully their wishes will come true.

  12. ewok1993 Says:

    Great post. I haven’t seen a mill up close. They are very interesting.

  13. Shey Says:

    Another wonderful post & something new learned. I love watching the water wheel & yes, I can see the coins in the water. Hope those wishes came true. 🙂

  14. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: Cool post, we had a grist mill along the Slippery Rock river in PA near where I grew up.

  15. Pam Says:

    I enjoyed seeing and reading about the old grist mill. George.
    Its a wonderful reminder of how lucky we are to live in these modern times.
    Thanks for sharing this part of your journey to Cades Cove.

  16. Cheryl Says:

    What a nicely restored mill. Very intriguing.

  17. Kathy Says:

    George I haven’t ever gotten to see a Mill before. Great shots. Hope all is going well with you and Betsy. =)

  18. Kathy Ariano Says:

    I like touring mills — thanks for sharing. Why is it that when we see ponds and fountains we automatically want to throw money in?? I wished I had realized this a few years ago as we wouldn’t have had to take loans out to put our kids through college!!

  19. Carletta Says:

    I took my Mom and Dad here years ago. At that time you could actually buy a bag of corn meal. I don’t know if they do that anymore. I remember I even bought empty bags for decoration.

  20. Karin Says:

    Those are wonderful pictures of the mill – learned a bunch of new things today. I would be fascinated to see this in real life not just on pics. Thanks!!

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