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Old Mill adds food truck to deliver family meals, grocery items directly to Sevier County neighborhoods

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – The Old Mill Restaurant has created a new way to feed its neighbors, a fully-equipped food truck that delivers meals throughout entire neighborhoods on a rotating basis. It is another way the historic operation is adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is a totally new concept for us that goes far beyond traditional restaurant carryout,” said Old Mill marketing director Laurie Faulkner. “We are preparing ready-to-eat family meals. We also have meal kits with some of our signature items for people to prepare on their own schedules. We’re taking them straight from our Old Mill kitchen to people’s homes.  Menus change weekly.”

“In addition to the family meals, we also are serving individual entrees such as shrimp and grits, chicken tenders and fries and our strawberry spinach salad, as well as soups, whole pies, fresh breads, chicken salad, pimento cheese and more. The online choices are extensive,” Faulkner said.

The food truck is the second major business shift the Old Mill launched as the coronavirus self-isolation began.

It previously began selling select grocery items, which now can be ordered for food truck delivery. Milk, eggs, chicken, chicken tenders, hamburger meat, flour, cornmeal and other products are available.

“We know that families and individuals are challenged right now to get out of their homes, and our food truck is another option to bring people the food they need or bring some variety to their at-home menus,” Faulkner said.

A bottle of hand sanitizer made at the Old Forge Distillery is included in every food truck order of more than $25.

“We never thought we’d have this kind of mobility as part of our restaurant operation, and we see new opportunities in the future,” Faulkner said.

Orders called in to 615-770-0111 by 6 p.m. one day are delivered to residences the following day. Full details are a


Media contact:         Danielle Speelman, or 865-771-1571



Old Forge Distillery Wins Gold at World Beverage Competition

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 2016) – Old Forge Distillery, located in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., took home two gold awards at the recent World Beverage Competition in Geneva, Switzerland. It is one of the largest spirits competitions, with more than 10,000 entrants. Judges awarded Old Forge Rum a gold in the “White Rum” category and 1830 Original Coffee Moonshine a gold in the “Flavored Specials Spirit” category.

K0012668347--806009“We’ve always said we wanted to be more than just moonshine, so it’s especially exciting to see Old Forge Rum receive top honors,” said Head Distiller Keener Shanton. “We’ve recently installed a new still at Old Forge which will allow us to experiment even further with different types of spirits, so look for more innovative, award-winning products in the future.”

Old Forge Rum is a 92-proof full-flavored white rum distilled from molasses with notes of spicy nutmeg, caramel and toffee.

1830 Original Coffee is a 60-proof coffee-flavored moonshine, inspired from coffee beans from the nearby Old Mill Restaurant and contains notes of espresso, sweet chocolate and dark cacao.

Both spirits are available for sale at the Old Forge Distillery and area Knoxville stores – Old Forge Rum for $27.99 and 1830 Original Coffee for $24.99.

About Old Forge Distillery

Just a few yards away from where the Old Mill head miller grinds, fills, and ties bags of stone-ground, quality grains lies the Old Forge Distillery. It’s here, in a 100-year-old building made of Tennessee timber, that freshly ground grain is distilled with pure mountain spring water. In addition to its award-winning moonshine, Old Forge has released bourbon, vodka and rum. For more information on Old Forge Distillery (170 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) including tastings, products and recipes visit



Courtney Sandora


Old Mill Earns Major Preservation Award from Society of American Travel Writers

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (October 2014) – The Old Mill, a gristmill built in 1830 and still grinding corn today, now has something in common with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Independence Hall Association, the Bermuda National Trust, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

All are recipients of the Phoenix Award from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

Phoenix Awards recognize conservation, preservation, beautification and environmental work that benefits the growth and appeal of travel destinations.

“SATW Phoenix Awards are rare,” said freelance writer Katy Koontz of Knoxville, Tennessee, who nominated the Old Mill and Old Mill Square and who has written extensively about the Great Smoky Mountains region.

“As I learned the story of the Old Mill and the dedication that the owners have to its place in history, I knew it warranted attention from SATW Phoenix Award judges,” she said.

Principal owner Al Blanton and miller Chuck Childers accepted the award from Koontz, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker at the Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism.

Miller Chuck Childers, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Al Blanton, Katy Koontz and Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker

Miller Chuck Childers, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Al Blanton, Katy Koontz and Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whitaker

The Old Mill has played a key role in the life of Pigeon Forge.

It originally ground corn and other grains for area farmers and became a regional gathering place. It played a role in the Civil War when the power its turbine generated ran looms to sew Union uniforms, and it later became a source of electricity for a portion of town before general electrification.

In more recent years, the Old Mill Restaurant was built adjacent to the mill and the Pottery House Grille and Café opened nearby. Both restaurants use cornmeal and flour from the mill. Adjacent to the Pottery House are several other retail stores in Old Mill Square that carry a variety of regional and handmade goods.

“The Old Mill and Old Mill Square are great examples of how history can be the foundation for viable contemporary businesses and provide a window into our past at the same time,” Koontz said.

SATW began the Phoenix Awards program in 1969. Other institutions and individuals to have received the award include the Central Park Conservancy in New York City, Union Station in Kansas City, the Charleston City Market in South Carolina, the Audubon Institute in New Orleans and Lady Bird Johnson.

SATW is a professional association of travel writers, photographers, editors, broadcasters and publicity specialists, with members throughout the U.S. and Canada. It was founded in 1955.

The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge has been grinding grain since 1830.

The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge has been grinding grain since 1830.



Tom Adkinson, APR