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April 22, 2018

Mill Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are wanted to lead informational tours of historic Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with a training planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the Oconaluftee Administration Building near Cherokee.

The mill, built in 1886, is located half a mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. It gives visitors a look into the inner workings of a mill that custom-ground everything from corn to wheat to rye. The intricacy of the turbine-driven mill provided local patrons with cornmeal and flour in a fraction of the time possible at other types of mills.

Volunteers work alongside Great Smoky Mountains Association employees to educate visitors about Mingus Mill as well as the general role of milling in the Smokies. They are asked to fill at least one shift per week, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the peak season from April through November.

Register for the training with Park Resource Education Ranger Florie Takaki, 828.497.1906

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