Amis Mill Eatery (pronounced “amy”) is a great day trip. It is two miles outside of Rogersville, TN — only 55 miles or so from Sharps Chapel. It takes a little more than an hour to get there. It has a year-round restaurant with a very nice view of the Amis Mill waterfall and dam.
Their food is outstanding. They specialize in smoked meats and Cajun fare! They even have homemade desserts.
The dam particularly caught Jim’s and my interest because it was almost identical in construction to another dam in ruins at the end of Lost Creek. We saw this dam on one of our Norris Lake Paddlers trips from Sunset Bay a few months ago. The mill no longer was in place at the Lost Creek location. We think it was moved to its new location near the Norris Museum below Norris Dam. It, too, had an elevated water chute to feel the paddle wheel.
The photo below is an artist’s rendering of what the Amis Mill Dam and the mill might have looked like together in its heyday.
The historic Thomas Amis House, shown above, it quite unusual. I think it is beautiful. It has original walls that are 2 feet thick. We were standing outside the home reading the brochure when we noticed a man coming from the house. We were greeted by Jake Jacobs, the owner, who was happy to share its history. His wife is related to the Amis family and it was passed down to her.
Tours: Yes, they do offer tours the 2nd and 4th Thursdays throughout the summer.
Want something special? They have a Colonial Christmas tour that includes the home and the Ebbing and Flowing Methodist Church nearby. The 2014 dates are December 13 & 14. No details yet on the cost. See more photos of the Colonial Christmas at the Thomas Amis House — you will be amazed at the church’s interior.
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