French Mill Absolute Auction Dandridge

Date: 10/24/2019

Time: 12 noon

Location: Online Bidding Only


Agent: Kenny Phillips

822 French Mill Road

Dandridge Tennessee 37725

Online Only Absolute Auction Bidding starts Closing October 24 12 Noon

A Piece of Tennessee history selling at Absolute Auction

Perkins Iron Works purchased the property where the mill stands in 1796. The mill was built between 1798-1800.   Freeman Lambright purchased the property in 1990 built the log home and restored the mill back to it current working conditions.

Log Home, French Mill

Original mill building built 1798-1800

2 Bed Room 1 Bath Log Home on the banks of Dumplin Creek

3.13 Acres

Property Taxes 549.31

Open House Sunday October 20 1-5

This unique CREEKSIDE property comes with a completely restored water wheel-powered, belt-driven grist mill that dates back to approx. 1800 and is fully operational. Hearthstone log cabin constructed with 6×12 logs. Wide plank pine flooring. Septic access for RV. Let the sound of creek lull you to sleep, or while away hours on the porch gazing at the cascades. Creek has dam that feeds mill race. This beautiful setting and historic property will endear you even more to East Tennessee!


REAL ESTATE TERMS: The successful high bidder on this property will be required to sign the Real Estate Sales Contract, Terms & Conditions and any other documents needed, immediately upon conclusion of the bidding and will make an earnest money deposit of ten percent (10%) of the sales price. A ten percent (10%) buyer’s premium will be added to the high bid to establish the total sales price. US currency cash or approved check. The balance is to be paid in full at the deed closing within 30 days by Courthouse Title.   Current taxes will be prorated at the date of closing, unless otherwise specified. Seller to provide deed. Buyer is responsible for title opinion, title insurance & recording fees. Buyer is responsible for HOA requirements, transfer fees, membership fees, if applicable. Title closing cost to be split between buyer & seller, unless otherwise specified. Buyer is to obtain his/her own financing. The contract will not be contingent upon financing, inspections or any other contingencies. Powell Auction & Realty LLC and its auctioneer(s) and employee(s) are representing the seller(s) as the sellers Agent(s). All properties are sold “AS IS, WHERE IS and WITH ALL FAULTS”, without any warranties expressed, implied or guarantees of any kind. Agent represents the seller only and does not inspect properties on bidder’s behalf. All measurements, square footage & age are approximate and not guaranteed. Seller and or Agent makes no warranty as to accuracy of information. All information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed, buyer to verify ALL information, to their satisfaction before bidding. Tennessee Residential Property Exemption.

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This sale is online bidding only at  Pre register on the web site. Call our office if you need assistance 865-938-3403. This is a soft close auction if bids are place in last minute additional time is added for bidding. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at Powell Auction & Realty. Please attend open house to inspect this fabulous property.

History of the “Old French Mill”

The Old French Mill sets on the banks of Dumpling Creek in Dumpling Valley in Jefferson County, Tennessee, about 20 miles East of Knoxville and just North of I-40. It is a two and a half story building of wood construction, built from pine and popular wood. Dumpling Creek forms several cascades of waterfalls behind The Mill. A 5 ft. high dam diverts the water through a sluice gate and into an open headrace for 127 yards to an iron flume pipe, then the water travels another 100 ft. to the top of the 18 ft. overshot waterwheel. This is a very picturesque old mill, in a very picturesque location. It is unique in the fact that the waterwheel located high on the side of the building and the gearing floor is above grade level. There are a few mills left with this type of arrangement. It appears that originally The Mill operated with two sets of 42 in diameter granite grindstones, powered by a wooden waterwheel and all wooden gearing. The gearing arrangement appeared to be of an “Oliver Evans” design from the 1790’s. Sometime before World War I the machinery was upgraded by W. J. Savage & Co. of Knoxville. The granite grindstones were removed and replaced with two stands of double roll roller mills for grinding. The wooden gearing was all removed and replaced with iron pulleys and leather flat belts. Various other modern milling equipment was installed at this time also. In 1953 the old wooden dam was replaced by a concrete one. In 1950 the wooden waterwheel was replaced with a steel one. The steel wheel is of the “Fitz” extent bucket design and is 90 + % efficient. It is not known at this time exactly when The Mill was built. As near as we can tell it had to been built sometime between 1798 and 1800. It was built by Perkins Iron Works, which is also know as, The Dumpling Bloomary Forge. The iron works shut down in 1825. In 1830 the The Mill Property was sold at a Sheriffs sale and the iron works was converted to a grist mill. The exchange of ownership is as follows, In 1790 a large grand of land was deeded to a James Alexander by the estate of South Carolina. He sold The Mill site to Nicelas Perkins of Perkins Iron Works. After the iron works went out of business Casper Branner of Jefferson City, Tennessee purchased the property at a Sheriff’s sale for back taxes in 1830. In 1867 Casper Branner willed The Mill property to his Daughter and Son-In-Law, Cassandra and Arron Newman. In 1882 Arron Newman sold the property to his Brother Charles. It was next sold to George Whillock in 1907. In 1912 The Mill was sold to Tom and Rufus, The Kite Brothers. The Kite Brothers then sold The Mill to James French in 1920. James then sold it to his son Kenneth who ran The Mill until 1979. The Mill then set idle until 1990 when it was sold to Freeman Lambright, Current Owner.