NEW YORK TO CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP
DENVER PHOTOGRAPHER ADVENTURES
NEXT STOP........LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
224 miles- 4 hours
Nestled along the banks of the Arkansas River, Little Rock exudes a charm that is as captivating as it is understated. As a photographer with a passion for capturing the essence of different locales, I found myself drawn to this vibrant city, eager to uncover its hidden gems and share its story. Join me on a journey through the heart of the South as we explore the unique allure of Little Rock, Arkansas.
This stop was one of my favorite parts of the trip. We stayed at The Burgundy Hotel by Hilton. It was really easy to get to, right off the highway, but felt secluded too. It is a great location for exploring Little Rock. It is just 20 minutes from The Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Memorial Park which has been in North Little Rock for almost 90 years. Nestled in the heart of Little Rock, Arkansas, The Old Mill stands as a testament to the timeless beauty and rich history of this charming Southern city.
As soon as you arrive to The Old Mill, you will be in awe of this beautiful, tranquil place that looks like something from an old movie, because it IS from an old movie. It was featured in the opening credits of 1939 movie "Gone With the Wind." The park is open to the public and it is free! Street parking is available right outside the park and is also free. We visited in late May. It was a very warm day and the park was in beautiful bloom! There was some minor construction taking place (as can be seen in the image below) but we barely noticed it when we were there.
Constructed in the early 1930s by architect Dionicio Rodriguez, the Old Mill is a testament to craftsmanship and ingenuity. Inspired by rural England, Rodriguez meticulously crafted each structure, bridge, and pathway to resemble the picturesque mills and waterwheels of a bygone era. Today, the Old Mill stands as the last remaining structure from the 1939 classic film, "Gone with the Wind," adding to its historical significance and allure.
The Old Mill provides a glimpse back in time. Don't forget your camera, it's a great location to get some beautiful photos! With its rustic charm and idyllic setting, every angle offers a new perspective and opportunity to create stunning photographs. Whether you're drawn to the tranquil waters reflecting the vibrant foliage or the weathered textures of the stone structures, the Old Mill inspires creativity and awe at every turn.
It is a great stop for people of all ages. I was comfortable with my 4-year-old son there, just keep extra close attention near the water and climbing up to the second floor of the mill. My son especially enjoyed the countless turtles in the water. I have never seen so many! As well as the ducks wandering around. We could have quite easily spent the whole day there, taking in every little detail, enjoying the sound of the waterfall and watching nature at play in this little oasis.
Beyond its historical and cinematic significance, The Old Mill serves as a beloved community space. The park surrounding the mill is a popular spot for gatherings, picnics, and even weddings. Families come to create lasting memories against the backdrop of this enchanting structure, fostering a sense of connection and continuity.
The Old Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is believed to be the only remaining structure from the filming of Gone With the Wind.
The Old Mill in Little Rock, Arkansas, is more than just a historic structure; it's a living testament to a bygone era and a cinematic legacy. As a photographer, I find endless inspiration in its architectural beauty, enchanting gardens, and the timeless connection to classic cinema. Whether you're a history buff, a film enthusiast, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, the Old Mill welcomes you to step into its rich tapestry of the past and present, making every visit a memorable experience.
Worth noting if you are on a road trip is that there are public restrooms located at the park. So, it's a great place to stop on a road trip, even if you don't stay overnight.