Old Mill

3800 Lakeshore Drive
501-758-1424

About the Old Mill:

The Old Mill, located at Fairway Ave. & Lakeshore Drive in North Little Rock, is a historic re-creation of an 1880's water-powered grist mill. The mill was seen in the opening scenes of David Selznick's 1937 movie classic "Gone With The Wind", and is believed to be the only remaining structure from the film. Admission to The Old Mill is free, and the hours of operation are from sunrise to sunset.

The Old Mill, also known as Pugh's Mill, was built in 1933 by Justin Matthews as a replica of an old-water-powered grist mill. The mill was designed to appear as if it belonged in Arkansas and had been here since the 1800s. It is made largely from tinted concrete work over steel and copper rods made to represent wood, iron or stone, and features sculptures by Mexican artist Senor Dionicio Rodriguez.

The Old Mill was nationally recognized in 1986 by being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was also presented with the Greater Little Rock Historic Preservation Award by the Quapaw Quarter Association.

The grist mill on the first floor dates back to 1828, and some mill rocks on the second floor came from the plantation of Tom Knoble, the grandfather of Tom Pugh, in whose honor the Mill is dedicated. There are also two original milestones from a road laid out more than 150 years ago by Jefferson Davis. Along this road, the Cherokee and Choctaw Indians traveled from the present town of Dardanelle into the Indian territory, now Oklahoma. In addition three sections of a wrought iron shaft were cut from the stern wheel of a passenger steamboat, which traveled the Arkansas River in the 1800's, are used in the mill.

The park is decorated with sculptures of toadstools, tree stumps, and several ornate bridges. Senor Dionico Rodriguez, a sculptor and artist from Mexico City, was responsible for all the details of each piece of concrete work made to represent wood, iron or stone, as well as the designing of the foot bridges and rustic seats. During the summer of 1991, Rodriguez's work at the Old Mill was renovated by the grandson of the original artist, Carlos Cortes

The Old Mill is often used for many outdoor activities including picnicking, relaxing, and even weddings or photo shoots. It is not unheard of for people to choose the Old Mill as a place to say their nuptials and many schools around North Little Rock have their school photos taken there.

A lake stretches into the Lakewood neighborhood below the Old Mill. The architect for the mill and park was Frank Carmean, the artist was Senor Dionicio Rodriguez, and the builder was the Justin Matthews Company.

The Old Mill Park was originally christened the T. R. Pugh Memorial Mill in honor of Thomas R. Pugh, of Portland, Arkansas, a staunch friend and benefactor of Matthews. The Old Mill was given to the City of North Little Rock as a gift by the former Justin Matthews Company on May 24, 1976. Maintained and landscaped by the Pulaski County Master Gardeners and North Little Rock Parks & Recreation, the park includes a variety of tree species including Eastern Redbud, Black Locust, Post Oak, Northern Red Oak, White Oak, and Shortleaf Pine


Reviews

J Green

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Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

It was really cute... reminded me of fairy tale in a way. There are restrooms and an area to sit and over look the mill. The bridge and building are not really but are still nice to explore. Very tranquil and easy to access from the interstate. If you have 15 minutes to spare of want to go relax somewhere I'd recommend.

George Holmes

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Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017

Fun place to visit. If you know the GWTW history perhaps all the better. But certainly not necessary in order to enjoy this whimsical folly set in beautiful spot.

Sarah Romo

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Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

Beautiful and dreamy place! It’s very tranquil. A must see! We had time to spare after shopping and before dinner, so we pulled it up on #Roadtrippers app and popped in! Glad we did!

Hanahh Eggum

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Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Georgous place to visit! If you are in the area, this place is a must to stop and see!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Nice quiet park hidden away in an older neighborhood. The mill here is actually a reproduction, but has been restored and is part of a garden with running water, bridges and benches. Stone walkways wander around thru greenery and make an excellent setting to just sit and relax. While visiting I saw several couples come to take photos, one couple with a photographer doing engagement photos. During the fall season the colors really pop. Its just a peaceful place, with some history. I didn't realize until after my visit that this was the mill used in Gone with the Wind. I will definitely return to shoot more photos. Its a beautiful park, unlike any other I've visited.