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The Butler Museum

Learn how and why Watauga Lake was formed and how the citizens of "Old Butler" Tennessee were changed forever. . . .

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Jonesborough TN

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Rat Branch Boat Ramp

This is the westernmost boat ramp on the lake ...

Watauga Point

This beautiful park is great for picnics, boating and swimming ...

The Carter Mansion

Where Tennessee history started. Learn about the Carter family ...

Doe River Gorge

See the beautiful gorge and ride the rails where the Tweetsie Train traveled ...

Gray Fossil Site

A spectacular fossil site discovered not long ago ...

Colonel Roderick Butler

Learn about the man for whom the town of Butler was named ...

Sugar Hollow Retreat

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Fish Springs Marina

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Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake

The Trade Tennessee Grist Mill

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April 2009

Trade is the oldest town in Tennessee. In the early 1770s it was a trading area for Indians and fur traders and is located on an old buffalo trail. Daniel Boone also followed this trail into East Tennessee and later to Kentucky.

Today Trade is still a very small town on the road between Boone North Carolina and Mountain City Tennessee. Each year it sponsors the Trade Days Festival honoring its early history and in 2008 it opened The Trade Grist Mill, a restored version of a local flour mill.

Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake
Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake

According to the Mountain City newspaper, The Tomahawk (see link below):

      "Thomas Jones built the original mill shortly after 1802. It was bought several years later by Pleasant May and his wife Callie Wilson May. While the Mays owned the mill tragedy struck when Callie was caught on a revolving shaft and dashed to her death on the floor of the building. W. R. Snyder and his wife Clara Lou bought the mill in 1915 and moved there in 1925. Their son Pete operated the mill for many years before his health failed."

Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake
Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake

The mill was purchased in 2004 by Dennis & Diane Foley who donated the mill equipment to the local museum. The new mill was built through the efforts of many and opened in August 2008.

The mill is operated by James Miller, a man with a long family history in this business. He worked in a mill in Abingdon, Virginia and both his father and grandfather worked in mills.
Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake
Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake

Today, the mill grinds (and sells in its store) whole wheat flours, rye flour, flax seeds and flours, corn meals, soy flour and new favorites popcorn meal and popcorn grits. Some of the equipment used in the mill was made before the Civil War.

The grains for these products are purchased from local growers. The shop in the mill also sells locally-made jams, jellies and crafts.

Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake
Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake

The Trade Grist Mill is open Thursdays through Mondays from 9 to 5. Their phone number is (423)727-3007

For more information, see links below.

Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake
Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga LakeHistoric Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake
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Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake
Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake
Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake Historic Mill at Trade Tennessee near Watauga Lake

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