Ely's Mill

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  • Address: 393 Roaring Fork Rd, Gatlinburg, TN, United States
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 08:30 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8657194078
  • Tags: Observatory, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Nature

Old Man Ely built the Mill in 1925. He, Andrew Jefferson Ely was a Yale law school graduate, an active Tennessee lawyer and a printer. He disliked smoking and all sorts of alcoholic He was fussy about what ate as well and eventually bought a 25 acre tract to lead a healthy life. Local craftsmen build the mill and showroom to exhibit their wares. It was called the Water Wheel Craft Shop because the mill was powered by a water wheel. Solid wood furniture and antiques used to be sold. As the place grew, more buildings were added. Barns for livestock, sheds for chickens and a blacksmith shop were build. A family was hired to tend the garden and keep bees. It was self-sufficient and remained that way.

Now it’s become mountain history. The mill is situated alongside the Roaring Fork Creek, in a scenic setting. It has two rental cabins and can accommodate small party weddings and groups. It is privately owned and run by the original family who live there. The waterwheel no longer works and the place has been restored. They have installed a whimsical gate done by local folks. The job was so well done and fits the mill’s vista. Both the cabins are well equipped with full kitchens, and washer/dryer. There is cable TV, DVD, and internet connection. The bathrooms are fitted with soap, paper towels, and there are sheets, towels, and blankets at your disposal. You can go through the reference books provided for hiking and getting to know the flora and fauna. Some basic equipment is there in the kitchen as well. 

Earlier the shop focused on weaving, local crafts and antiques. But now they have books and maps, small snacks and drinks. Honey is seasonal, and you can buy items like soap, lotion, mugs and rugs online. They do not allow pets and since the cabins are made of logs, you cannot smoke inside. Their 25 acre property is next to to the National Park with 2000 feet of pristine, undeveloped creek.

Ely's Mill Travel Tips

  • They accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
  • The Creekside cabin has 2 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, and sleeps 8 for $ 140 a night.
  • The Mill side cabin has a very large room, 1 bath and sleeps 5 for $ 90.
  • For additional stay you have to pay $ 75 in this cabin.
  • There is a fall upstream which is used to organise weddings.
  • It also makes a nice spot to drink coffee at for those folks staying at Ely's Mill.
  • Parking can be a bit tricky at times, so be prepared to grab an open spot if you see one.

  • Mountain Lodge Restaurant: American
  • Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon: American
  • Little House of Pancakes: Pancakes
  • Greenbrier Restaurant: American

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  • Ely's Mill Address: 393 Roaring Fork Rd, Gatlinburg, TN, United States
  • Ely's Mill Contact Number: +1-8657194078
  • Ely's Mill Timing: 09:00 am - 08:30 pm
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  • 2.77% of people who visit Gatlinburg include Ely's Mill in their plan

  • 50% of people start their Ely's Mill visit around 11 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Ely's Mill

Thursday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ely's Mill

People normally club together All Sauced Up and Roaring Fork while planning their visit to Ely's Mill.

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Ely's Mill Reviews & Ratings

  • Ely's Mill is a great place to visit if you are in the Smokey Mountains. I have not rented a cabin from Ely's; however, I have visited their shop several times. You can get handmade mugs, bowls and many other items that Ely makes right on the property. I have a number of items from Ely's and they have all held up really well. We even got local honey, which was very tasty!

  • Right at the end of the motor nature trail, one of the oldest attractions in Gatlinburg. Very scenic. Will always be in my Heart as that is where I got married!

  • Always love this place. Very friendly and great merchandise. And be sure to watch for hummingbirds outside. And the beautiful cat inside.

  • Cute little store. Didn't find too much to buy, but that depends on interest and choice. Worth checking out if driving by.

  • Very nice shop for hand made items and very clean facilities. There is a cabin for renting. Nice place to for a break at the end of Roaring fork motor way.

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