3850 Lakeshore Drive
North Little Rock, AR
Perhaps the best-known movie location in Arkansas is the Old Mill in North Little Rock. In addition to being a stunning example of intricate work by Senor Dionicio Rodriguez, the authentic reproduction of an 1880s grist mill, the structure’s claim to fame is appearing in the opening sequences of the 1939 blockbuster, “Gone With the Wind.” It is located in T.R. Pugh Memorial Park at the corner of Fairway Avenue and Lakeshore Drive and is now a North Little Rock city park. Gone With the Wind is considered by many sources to be the greatest motion picture of all time. It is ranked the #6 Greatest Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute.
No one knows for sure why the makers of the movie choose the Old Mill to be included in the opening credits. Cary Bradburn with the North Little Rock History Commission offers this explanation. “James P. Faucette, North Little Rock’s third mayor, lived in West Hollywood in southern California from 1917 to the mid-1930s. Faucette was a friend of Justin Matthews [builder of the mill] and the two men corresponded on a regular basis. However, I have found nothing concerning your question in the Faucette papers at the ButlerCenter. Most of the personal letters are from the teens. I suspect that the Faucette connection had something to do with it. So, I guess we still have a ‘history mystery’ but it just adds to the romance surrounding the mill.”
The Old Mill at T.R. Pugh Park is located at Lakeshore Drive & Fairway Avenue in the Lakewood neighborhood of North Little Rock. Take the North Hills Blvd. exit 154 off I-40, head north until you reach Fairway Avenue, turn left on Fairway and follow to Lakeshore -- first left past the four-way stop.
Even though the branches and walkway look like petrified word, they are actually made of concrete.