Teams dig into Pigeon Forge's past

A team digs under the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge looking for evidence of the past. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

A team digs under the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge looking for evidence of the past. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A team of researchers from the University of Tennessee were digging under the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge Thursday to see if they can find a link to the city's past.

Under the Old Mill Store, the team was looking for evidence to prove that oral history of the old Iron Forge was true.

The Iron Forge was built by Isaac Love in 1817. The Iron Forge is believed to have operated next to the Old Mill, which his son William Love built in 1830.

"The water and the sand has been changing what's under here so we wanted to document as much as we could before there's additional flooding that moves things, destroys things," said Elizabeth DeCorse, with the Archaeological Research Laboratory at UT.

Today the portion of the structure that houses the Old Mill General Store is the suspected location of the Iron Forge and Saw Mill.

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