As the story is told… In the 1930’s the Kress family – who also owned Kress Five and Dime and the S. H. KRESS & CO building in Asheville – owned the entire Smokerise Development. They originally built this timber-frame structure to process the lumber to construct their large family lodge further up the road. The mill then essentially turned into a classroom where locals were taught woodworking skills. The entire development changed ownership to Smoky Mountain Mental Health in the 1970’s. At that point the mill served to train community members with special needs before turning into a full production mill making furniture parts for Stanley, Kincaid and Thomasville Furniture. The entire dimension mill ran off a steam system, powered by an outside boiler room with a flawlessly constructed soaring chimney. Many years later, after decades of abandonment and another recent ownership change, this chimney is now the focal point of the property’s outdoor fireplace. Throughout the entire renovation process, the new owners prioritized preservation of the building’s historic significance found throughout the mill. They hold a strong desire for their guests to appreciate the same breathtaking qualities that they themselves fell in love with upon first glance. Prepare to discover the vast original features strongly intact and tastefully highlighted throughout the entire property. From gorgeous hardwood floors and over-sized barn doors, to copper roof vents, cart tracks and mechanical fans/gages, this piece of history will undeniably captivate you and your guests!
The Parker Mill is nestled in a private, gated community on a 35-acre lot in the heart of the western NC Mountains. While its surroundings prove to be serene and peaceful, the proximity to town remains ideal, as we are less than a mile off the highway and only a few miles from town!