Cades Cove is one of the more popular areas in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited national park. In some areas, the park preserves places that represent mostly forgotten ways of life in America. For example, at one time, families would visit gristmills near their homes a few times a month to get corn and wheat ground into flour to make bread. Back then, people made their own bread because grocery stores and bakeries as we know them today did not exist. The John P. Cable Gristmill in Cades Cove, built almost 150 years ago represents this bygone way of life. It has been restored over time, including the addition of a new waterwheel built in 2018.