Dorothy is a Master Gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape/nature photographer in NM.
A Treasured Gem in North Little Rock, Arkansas
The Old Mill, which was featured in the opening scene of the 1939 classic movie "Gone With the Wind" is a treasured gem off the beaten path in T. R. Pugh Memorial Park in North Little Rock and it is reported to be the only building standing from that film. And, you can visit it for free from dawn to dusk each day.
Placards around the area present the history of a time and operation that modern technology has left behind.
Aside from seeing the quaint old mill, you will also find impeccable landscaping on the grounds, and restrooms available. This is a place that children, as well as adults will enjoy, so the next time you are planning a trip to Arkansas, try to work in some time to visit this great park with a cultural landmark that is well worth your time.
No pets, however, are allowed in the park.
From I-40 drive north on Hwy 107/JFK Blvd. Turn right (east) onto D Avenue, then left onto Idlewild Avenue. Turn right onto Waterside Drive, then left onto Avondale Road and drive up the hill. Turn right onto Lakeshore Drive. The Old Mill will be on the left (north) side just east of Fairway Avenue.
Justin Matthews, Visionary Developer
The Old Mill in North Little Rock, along with the entire T.R. Pugh Memorial Park of which the mill is a part of, was the claim to fame for the late real estate developer, Justin Matthews.
Matthews gave several properties to the City of North Little Rock to be used as parks - Altheimer Park on Plainview Circle; the W. C. Faucette Memorial Plot Park at the corner of Cherry Hill and JFK; the Boy Scout Park located at D. Street /Cedar and Goshen; along with many others.