The Old Mill Is A Photographer’s Paradise [PHOTOS]


When we travel, it is always fun to find an out-of-the-way place that is both picturesque and relaxing to visit. During our trip to North Little Rock this weekend for the Bon Jovi concert, we pulled up Trip Advisor on my cell phone to see if there was anything we should stop and see while we were in town. One of the off-the-beaten-path destinations it listed was the Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park. So we decided to check it out, and boy were we glad we did!


Although there isn’t really an old mill at the park anymore, the mill that does stand there now was built in 1933 as a replica of the water-powered grist mill that Arkansas pioneers used here in the 1800s. Developer Justin Matthews built it in memory of a bygone era that has since been “completely forgotten by the hurrying world around it,” according to the plaque standing just inside the park’s gates.


When we got there, the park was surprisingly bustling with activity as families and photographers used the beautifully landscaped grounds as the stunning backdrop for engagement photos, family photos and even an apparent quinceanera. From the enchanting mushroom garden to the stone bridge crossing over the pond and the cobblestone path leading to the slowly turning mill wheel, everywhere we looked there were scenes that just begged to be immortalized on film. And, in fact, it was. The Old Mill was used in the opening credits of Gone With the Wind just a few years later in 1939.

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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