Beachside to Boardwalk Family Fun in Carolina Beach
Collection of 10 historic farm buildings moved in the early 1950s to current location from throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The buildings form an open-air museum that can be visited during daylight hours throughout the year. Buildings include a house, barn, applehouse, springhouse, and smokehouse. The museum is adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
Located a half mile from the visitors center is Mingus Mill. Built in 1886 and still on its original site, this historic grist mill uses a water-powered turbine instead of a water wheel to power all of the machinery in the building.
Two excellent walking trails start from the vicinity near the museum. The 1.5-mile Oconaluftee River Trail follows its namesake stream. The 1.5-mile Mingus Creek Trail climbs past old farms to the Smokies high country.