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The Old Mill will be hosting the 6th Old Mill Square Heritage Day in 2009. Heritage means tradition and tradion means passing down information, beliefs and culture by word of mouth and example. During Heritage Day, our visitors (both local and tourists) are able to experience demonstrations of how life was when the Mill was the center of the community beginning in 1830. Everyone gathered on the porch of the Mill while their corn and wheat were being ground to catch up on the happenings in the community. A tour of the Mill will take you back 179 years in time as you watch the stones grind the corn which are powered by the water turbines with the water from the Little Pigeon River. Throughout the day, music is being played on the square, food (fried cornbread and pinto beans, fried apple pies are being cooked in cast iron pots and apple butter is being stirred as it simmers in an iron pot over an open fire. A lady is making lye soap (like our grandmothers made) whle nearby, ladies are quilting. For many of the children, this is the first time, they are able to see how tasks were accomplished by previous generations. It's exciting to hear folks say "I remember my grandmother doing that" Antique tractors and engines are also on display. Children are busy playing games on the lawn, such as horseshoes, bean bag throws and doing a cakewalk to win a delicious cake. To sum up Heritage Day at Old Mill Square is to "Take a walk back in time for a few hours of experiencing the culture of the early days living in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains.