Saunooke’s Mill 

Mr. John Parker holding bags of grits in the Saunooke's Mill store
Mr. John Parker, the current owner of Saunooke’s Mill

Established in 1975, Saunooke’s Mill is a landmark on the Cherokee Indian Reservation at the entrance to the Great Smokies National Park.  The property on which the mill sits has been in the Saunooke family for many generations.  The land was handed down to Charles Saunooke from his parents, former Principal Chief Osley Saunooke and former Council Member Bertha Saunooke. 

Charles and his wife Carol scoured the Smokies looking for the grist mill and waterwheel that is still in use today.  Upon completion of the retail store the mill began producing stone ground grits and corn meal, using all natural ingredients.  

After receiving calls and emails asking for more stone-ground products after customers returned home and discovered the good taste, a website was designed to make it easier to order. Saunooke’s Mill offers stone-ground cornmeal, grits, flour, breading mixes, carving and cheese boards and more. 

In 2019 Charles retired and the mill was purchased by local resident John Parker, a Cherokee man.  Today, Saunooke’s Mill is visited by thousands of vacationers to Cherokee, NC.  

SweetGrass is excited to offer Saunooke’s Mill Stone Ground Chicken and Fish Seasoning. This chicken and fish fry is made with corn flour, potato flakes, salt, pepper, onions and paprika. It contains no chemicals or preservatives. This seasoning is delicious on chicken strips and will be a hit with the kids.  

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