On my last post, I promised to share some pictures of charming Evins Mill. Sorry for a bit of delay, but my bad knee has been paining me something awful since we got back from our trip. I think it has been taking revenge for the rest of me having a good time, LOL.
The property’s history dates back to 1824, when a Tennessee Land Grant recorded it as Lockhart’s Mill. There have been numerous owners over the years, but it gets its current name from Edgar Evins, a state senator and businessman. He bought the property in 1937 and built the present mill two years later. Milling operations ceased after only five years. But the family continued to use the property as a summer retreat after Mrs. Evans built the log-cabin styled lodge. The complex is now owned by a Nashville family business.
Because of structural problems with the gristmill wheel foundation, neither the granary nor gristmill is operational. However, the mill building has been refurbished to include a game hall for guests at the inn and also a conference center. The grounds also provide a beautiful backdrop for numerous weddings parties.
The mill building is accessible from the inn via a long, vertical series of stairs. Since I am trying to avoid a lot of stairs these days, we opted for a very short drive over to it for exploration. We had an enjoyable afternoon visiting the mill and sat a while in some big wooden rockers on a deck overlooking the pond. It was a gorgeous fall day!