Only In Tennessee
The town of Belvidere, Tennessee is nestled in a sweet hamlet of southern country comfort. Surrounded by lush plant life and enveloped in state history, it’s a great visit whether or not you’re visiting Falls Mill – and we’d most definitely recommend it. The mill is a peek into the past, and you may feel as if Sleeping Beauty or Snow White will come waltzing out of the forest, perfectly at home.
Belvidere is a small, unincorporated community in Frankling County. It’s so tiny that you’d be wont to find it on a map, but its location is known for its ethereal beauty. The very name, “Belvidere” comes from the Italian word that means, “beautiful sight”.
Falls Mill stands on the banks of Factory Creek, built in 1873 and later utilized as a cotton and woolen factory. Even later the whole of it was revamped to work as a cotton gin, later a woodworking shop and grist mill. This is the Mill that keeps on giving! It’s lived many lives since the 19th century.
John and Jane Lovett have owned and cared for the mill since 1984, and have done a fantastic job with this beautiful ode to Tennessee’s past. Listed on the Registrar of Historic Places, the mill is now home to the Museum of Power and Industry. The waterwheel – at 32-feet – even powers the whole four levels of the building.
This is where we start to see the fairy tale emerge…a mill on the river. All we need is a song and a royal, ready to splash through the water trill through the high notes on the wings of love. Did that sound convincing enough for Belvidere…?
You can stay overnight in the Log Cabin Bed & Breakfast, too! It’s open year-round for guests, so you’d simply have to call and place your reservation. The 1895 log cabin comes fully furnished with pine floors and homemade quilts spread liberally throughout. At $125 a night, you don’t want to pass this one up!
You can tour the mill and museum from March through December, at any point from 9-4. At $4 for adults and only $2 for children, it’s an inexpensive and enjoyable day trip.
You can visit the sweet Falls Mill in Belvidere, Tennessee at 134 Falls Mill Road. The scenery is lush and the people are kind – plus? It’s the perfect setting for your own fairy tale.