Tub Mill

Tub Mill
Tub Mill, by Suprada on Flickr.

Tub Mill in Alfred Reagan\’s farm, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee

Must have guide book for the smokies: The Smoky Mountains Photographer\’s Guide
This is a great book by Bill Campbell and Nye Simmons with excellent pictures and text.

Quoting about the Tub Mill from Wikipedia:
\”The Alfred Reagan Cabin

Alfred Reagan, a descendant of the area\’s first settlers, owned a small farm just below the Ephraim Bales Place. Reagan was a jack-of-all-trades, operating the Roaring Fork community\’s blacksmith shop, general store, and its most consistent grist mill. Reagan was also a part-time preacher at the Roaring Fork Church, for which he donated the land and helped build.

Of all the buildings on Reagan\’s farm, only his cabin and mill remain today. Due to its sawboard paneling and coat of paint, Reagan\’s cabin stands out among historical structures in the Smokies today. The cabin\’s design is known as a \”saddlebag” design, which involves two cabins constructed around a single chimney. A kitchen area was added later.
The Reagan mill is a standard tub mill, with a flume redirecting water from Roaring Fork to power a tub-wheel turbine. The turbine turns a grindstone which breaks down corn and wheat into cornmeal and flour. Reagan\’s mill was well-designed and well-positioned. It is said that when other mills lacked sufficient water power due to low water levels, Reagan\’s mill would continue to operate.\”

About Roaring Fork Auto Tour trail from the Smoky Mountains National Park Website:
\”The Roaring Fork area is a favorite side trip for many people who frequently visit the Smokies. It offers rushing mountain streams, glimpses of old-growth forest, and a number of well-preserved log cabins, grist mills, and other historic buildings. To access Roaring Fork, turn off the main parkway in Gatlinburg, TN., at traffic light #8 and follow Historic Nature Trail to the Cherokee Orchard entrance to the national park. \”

\”Just beyond the Rainbow Falls trailhead you have the option of taking the one-way Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. This narrow, but paved, road twists and turns for six miles beside rich forests, waterfalls, and mountain streams. Buses, trailers, and motor homes are not permitted on the motor nature trail. An inexpensive booklet available at the beginning of the motor nature trail details landmarks along the route. \”

“Roaring Fork” is the name of the stream which the road roughly parallels. It is one of the larger and faster flowing mountain streams in the park. Drive this road after a hard rain and the inspiration behind the name will be apparent. \”

This photograph was taken between Mile 3.4 and Mile 3.6 on the motor nature trail.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 0.3s at f8.0
Focal Length: 22mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: October 26, 2009

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2 thoughts on “Tub Mill

  1. nice fall shot. the yellows are a nice addition and the pattern is good (water vanishing point complements the v shaped yellow area

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