The Mabry Mill complex is arguably the most picturesque cultural site on the Parkway. The focal point is a mill built about 1908 by Ed Mabry, a jack of all trades who subsequently added a wheelwright shop, sawmill and blacksmith shop to his enterprise and built a two-story frame house. The eclectic assemblage of buildings and exhibits which includes a moonshine still, sorghum cooker and shed, and assorted farm implements offer insight into some of the more colorful elements of rural life in Appalachia.
Cultural history demonstrations are offered in summer and early fall at the nearby blacksmith shop and Matthews Cabin. Rangers and volunteers staff Matthew?s Cabin daily in the visitor season, often carding, spinning and making baskets while orienting visitors to the area. Blacksmith demonstrations are presented several days weekly in the blacksmith shop. On weekends in October, visitors delight at the sight and smells of apple butter made over an open fire. Old time music has filled the air here for decades on Sunday afternoons. Flatfooting is encouraged!
A network of trails through the 3,500 acre Rock Castle Gorge, just a few miles north, offers access to some of the most botanically diverse areas of the Parkway. Trails into the Gorge are accessible from several points, including the Rocky Knob Campground, located at Milepost 167.
2014 Facility Schedule
- Restaurant/Gift Shop open daily May 1 - October 31, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Developed areas, historic structures open weekends May 10 - 24, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Open daily beginning May 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cultural demonstrations through October 26. Grounds open year round for self-guided tour.
- restrooms are accessible with assistance
- exhibits are accessible with assistance
- programs are accessible with assistance
- information is accessible with assistance