During the late nineteenth century, there were about 3,000 working mills in Tennessee, including saw, textile, and grain mills. Today there are only a handful of these historic mills still in operation. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep them running. Gretchen Bates takes us to Cumberland Gap to visit a family that not only keeps the town's old mill running, they've turned it into a Bed and Breakfast.
Gretchen Bates joined Tennessee Crossroads in 2007 but had her first appearance on the show in 1991 when her community, The Farm, was featured on the show. Though born and raised in Lewis County, Gretchen left Tennessee to move to New York City and pursue a career in theatre. Highlights from her time in New York City include two summers at the Chautauqua Theatre, working with the Circe du Soleil, and seeing every show on Broadway. After six years on the stage in New York City, Gretchen returned home to Tennessee.