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Mingus Mill - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

sion thomas early


Sion Thomas Early, a native of Virginia, moved to Sevier County, Tennessee in 1872 while serving an apprenticeship with another millwright. In 1886, Early was hired to build a mill near the mouth of Mingus Creek. Mingus Mill was built in three months at a cost of $600.

Early's initials can be seen on the front of Mingus Mill just beneath the gable of the roof.