Evins Mill

1535 Evins Mill Road, Smithville, Tennessee 37166
Innkeeper(s): Tina Clark
  • Just minutes from the Main Lodge and located on the Evins Mill property, 90 ft Carmac Falls

    Just minutes from the Main Lodge and located on the Evins Mill property, 90 ft Carmac Falls

  • Guests enter the Main Lodge at Adele Commons, one of two cozy living room that features a bar

    Guests enter the Main Lodge at Adele Commons, one of two cozy living room that features a bar

  • The Stone Room is named for its fieldstone fireplace and walls

    The Stone Room is named for its fieldstone fireplace and walls

  • Our dining room features hand-hewn log walls and an enormous fieldstone fireplace

    Our dining room features hand-hewn log walls and an enormous fieldstone fireplace

  • Taylor Hall at the Main Lodge is a 1,200 square foot reception room

    Taylor Hall at the Main Lodge is a 1,200 square foot reception room

  • Evergreen rooms feature bluff views, spacious covered decks with rocking chairs, private entrances

    Evergreen rooms feature bluff views, spacious covered decks with rocking chairs, private entrances

  • Mountain Laurel Rooms offer bluff views, spacious covered decks, vaulted cathedral ceilings

    Mountain Laurel Rooms offer bluff views, spacious covered decks, vaulted cathedral ceilings

 
  • Introduction

    Evins Mill is a small Tennessee resort property located near the town of Smithville - just east of Nashville. Minutes from Center Hill Lake, Evins Mill provides all the amenities of a luxury resort destination in the personal setting of a bed and breakfast inn, including:

    • Creek Side and luxury accommodations with covered decks and spectacular views.
    • Fine dining, featuring cuisine prepared with just the right touch and served in just the right setting.
    • Warm gathering spaces for group events, including reunions, weddings, receptions, banquets & meetings.
    • A variety of select services, including gift baskets, floral bouquets & massage therapy.
    • A host of on-site or nearby activities, including hiking, fishing, lawn games, billiards, table tennis, canoeing & golf.

    Nestled among the forested bluffs and meandering streams of Tennessee’s Highland Rim and Cumberland Plateau, Evins Mill is a an inviting resort destination for…

    • Romantic getaways, weekend excursions, holiday celebrations & other intimate occasions
    • Family vacations, reunions & “big chill” weekends
    • Destination weddings, including ceremonies, receptions & rehearsal dinners
    • Corporate retreats, company banquets & team building programs


    Whatever the occasion or inspiration, Evins Mill offers a distinct resort experience with a charming bed and breakfast ambience for couples and groups alike. Should you wish to inspect the property before making a reservation, please call in advance to schedule a site visit.

    Creek Side & Luxury Lodging

    Located in the heart of Middle Tennessee in Smithville just outside Nashville, the resort  at Evins Mill offers creek side & luxury accommodations with covered decks, spectacular views, mountain cabin appeal and a bed and breakfast inn atmosphere. Its twenty cozy and well-appointed rooms all feature...

    • Private entrances
    • Private bathrooms 
    • Covered decks with rockers & great views
    • Sight and/or sound of water in season
    • Similar size, furnishings, amenities & décor
    • Views of forested landscape & creek
    • Full bath & bed linen amenities
    • Individually controlled heating/cooling units
    • One king-size bed (twin conversion possible)
    • Coffee makers with specialty blend coffee
    • TV/DVDs (videos only/no television)
    • Our pledge of cleanliness
    • 3:00 check-in
    • 12:00 check-out (with few exceptions, guest may depart later)


    While the Main Lodge is the heart and architectural gemstone of Evins Mill - where guests arrive, park and check-in, and where many of the resort's gathering areas are located, overnight accommodations are located in twelve Creek Side rooms, situated on a steep slope overlooking a bluff on the other side of Fall Creek, or in The Solstice, a luxury lodge with eight private bedrooms.

    Getaways & Vacations

    Evins Mill offers an ideal setting for Tennessee getaways, romantic weekend escapes, convenient family vacations, fine dining and day-tripping adventures. And here's why...

    • Creek Side & luxury accommodations with spacious covered decks and spectacular views
    • "Farm to table" cuisine ~ prepared with just the right touch and served in just the right setting, breakfast throught dinner
    • A variety of select amenities, including gift baskets, wildflower bouquets, turn-down service and massage therapy
    • A host of on-site activities ~ billiards, table tennis & darts at Cortland Game Hall and hiking trails to Carmac Falls
    • A bevy of nearby excursions ~ RiverWatch Golf Course, Center Hill Lake, the Caney Fork River & waterfalls galore

    Located in Smithville, Tennessee and nestled among the bluffs and streams of Tennessee’s Highland Rim and Cumberland Plateau, Evins Mill offers the services of a resort in the intimate setting of a country inn and is a fetching destination for

    • weekend excursions
    • holiday celebrations
    • anniversary getaways
    • birthday surprises
    • elopements & honeymoons

    Packages & Pricing

    Evins Mill offers guests a choice of three kinds of packages...

    • Getaway Packages ~ available on non-holiday weekends and weekdays, featuring lodging & meals
    • Theme Packages  ~ featuring pampered and/or romantic touches
    • Holiday Packages ~ featuring themes tailored to the spirit of the holiday
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  • Weddings & Receptions

    Located just over an hour east of Nashville, Evins Mill has been hosting special events since 1994 and is a tranquil site for destination weddings, outdoor or covered ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and other special events.

    Our property and services include:

    • Gourmet farm to table cuisine, prepared with just the right touch and served in just the right setting ~ perfect for receptions, rehearsal dinners & brunches.
    • Breathtaking backdrops for outdoor, covered & indoor ceremonies as well as for wedding photography.
    • Warm & private spaces for group gatherings (and late night shenanigans!)
    • Facilitation & furnishing services ~ a dedicated wedding facilitator and the provision, set-up & break-down of tables, chairs, linens & serving ware
    • Creek Side & luxury accommodations, with spacious decks and spectacular views ~ ideal for out-of-town guests, family members & the wedding party
    • A host of recreational activities ~ billards, table tennis, darts, lawn games & hiking on-site and golfing, fishing, boating & canoeing nearby


    Near Center Hill Lake and nestled among the bluffs and streams of Tennessee’s Highland Rim and Cumberland Plateau, Evins Mill has been home to hundreds of "rustic-chic" weddings over the years. Its serene surroundings make for events that are as relaxed as they are special.

    Ceremonies

    Evins Mill hosts wedding ceremonies at several outdoor, covered & indoor locations; furnishes, sets-up and breaks-down chairs, a wedding runner and a trellis; and provides a wedding facilitator to oversee processionals.

    Outdoor Wedding Locations

    • Ivy Overlook (covered)
    • Manning Overlook (covered) *
    • East Lawn by historic Granary
    • South Lawn by Evins Mill Pond
    • North Lawn by Gristmill water wheel *

    Indoor Wedding Locations

    • Davidson Room
    • Taylor Hall

    * For weddings with 50 or fewer guests.

    Receptions & Rehearsal Dinners

     

    A highlight of the Evins Mill experience is the cuisine. Our chefs prepare a wide selection of locally sourced menu options in a varity of service styles, including...

    • Buffets with light or heavy hors d’oeuvres & carving stations
    • Four-course dinners (100 or fewer guests)
    • Festive "overlook" cookouts
    • Hearty breakfast buffets
    • Picnic box lunches
    • Seated three-course luncheons

    To receive a current edition of our reception menu with pricing, call our reservation office at 615.269.3740 (nashville).

    Ideal Reception Setting

    Evins Mill hosts all food & beverage related activities at the Main Lodge, where it can comfortably seat up to 150 guests in the following locations...

    • Taylor Hall ~ seating for 80
    • Millstone Landing ~ seating for 30
    • Manning Overlook ~ seating for 40
    • Stone Room ~ seating for 10
    • Adele Commons ~ seating for 15

    Buffets are set-up in Evelyn Commons, while a full service bar is available in Adele Commons. Evins Mill will furnish, set-up and break-down tables, linens, chairs and serving ware for up to 150 guests.

    The Main Lodge provides a cozy and warm setting not only for wedding rehearsal dinners & reception meals but also for the festive traditions that often accompany them, including the cutting of the cake, toasts and roasts, the first dance and the toss of the garter!

     

     
     
  • Meetings & Retreats

    Evins Mill is a business friendly resort property that has specialized in hosting corporate retreats and business meetings ever since it opened in 1994. As groups constitute the majority of the resort's clientele, the facilities and services have been custom designed to meet group needs, including...

    • Creek Side & luxury lodging, with spacious covered decks and spectacular views.
    • Delicious cuisine - breakfast, lunch, dinner with breaks & bar service, all prepared fresh by our executive chefs and served in a private setting.
    • Private spaces for group gatherings, including dedicated conference locations and meeting rooms with full audio-visual capacity & wireless internet.
    • A variety of select services - massage therapy, musical performances and team building programs.
    • A host of recreational activities ~ hiking, billiards, table tennis & darts on-site and golfing, fishing, boating & canoeing nearby.

    Nestled among the bluffs and streams that straddle Tennessee’s Highland Rim and Cumberland Plateau, the corporate retreat facilities at Evins Mill are a welcome alternative to the typical Nashville business meetings room or convention center.

    A retreat from the distractions of office and city, Evins Mill is nonetheless convenient to Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. Offering the services of a resort in the private setting of a secluded retreat, Evins Mill is an ideal destination for:

    • Off-site meetings
    • Corporate retreats
    • Small conferences
    • Team building programs
    • Seminars & corporate training
    • Corporate & business travel

    Facilities & Services

    Dedicated Meeting Rooms

    • Taylor Hall: 1,200 sq ft; 70 - 120 conferees
    • Davidson Room: 900 sq ft; 50 - 90 conferees
    • Knox Room: 300 sq ft; 15 - 25 conferees


    (capacities based on classroom and theatre style set-ups)

    Informal Conference Spaces

    • Adele Commons at the Main Lodge
    • Stone Room at the Main Lodge
    • Cortland Game Hall at the Gristmill


    (available only if no other guests are staying at the resort)

    AV Support & Set-Ups

    • LCD projector/drop-down screens
    • TV/VCR/DVDs
    • Easels, flipcharts, markers & tape
    • Wireless internet at Lodge & Gristmill
    • All table set-up available
    • Team building programs

    Lodging, Dining & Recreation

    • 20 private guest rooms/bathrooms
    • separate bedding for 47 conferees
    • full dining service for up to 125 guests
    • an array of on-site and nearby activities

    Corporate Pricing

    For a corporate retreat involving...

    • One night’s accommodation
    • Three meals and two break services
    • Conference room use for 24 hours
    • Service and tax

    The per person rate range from $175 to $250 (double occupancy) and from $250 to $350 (single occupancy). The specific per person price depends on a variety of factors, including:

    • Time of year and week
    • Duration of stay
    • Size of group
    • Consumption of sodas, beer, etc.
    • Menu selections
    • Conference room selection
    • AV equipment needs

    For a customized estimate, please contact our Sales & Reservation desk at 615.269.3740 (nashville).

    Adventureworks at Evins Mill

    Groups come to Evins Mill for a variety of reasons, and building stronger teams is chief among them. Since 1997, Evins Mill is proud to have partnered with Adventureworks, Inc., which built and operates the ropes course at Evins Mill and has worked with dozens of our clients over the years.

    The collaboration between the resort and Adventureworks helps groups tap into the vast and often undiscovered resources that flow from true teamwork. The experts at Adventureworks tailor every program to the unique needs and objectives of the client, relating directly to the issues that teams face. Solutions are generated, strategic plans are developed, teams emerge stronger and ready to take on new challenges.

    The elegantly rustic conference space, combined with a state-of-the-arts challenge ropes course, makes Evins Mill the perfect venue for a corporate retreat that includes team development. Whether it’s a three-day intensive or an afternoon of play, Adventureworks provides real solutions for real companies.

    Adventureworks can be contacted at 615.297.2250 or on the web at www.adventureworks.com

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  • Cozy Spaces & Meeting Places

    In addition to lodging, fine dining, select amenities and a host of activities, Evins Mill also boasts many inviting public and private gathering areas. Between the Main Lodge and Gristmill, Public Spaces include covered decks with great views, living rooms, a dining room and a game hall.

    Complementing these common areas are three Private Spaces for meetings and special events, such as receptions, reunions and banquets.

    Main Lodge

    Perched on a bluff overlooking Evins Mill Pond and the historic Gristmill, the Main Lodge is the heart and architectural gemstone of the resort - where guests arrive, park and check-in. Featuring poplar floors, hand hewn log walls and large fieldstone fireplaces, the Lodge is home to...

    • Millstone Landing - a cozy & intimate dining room
    • Adele Commons - a living room, dining room & bar
    • Evelyn Commons - a buffet area serving breakfast & appetizers
    • Stone Room - a living & dining room with satellite television
    • Taylor Hall - a 1,200 square foot reception hall & conference room
    • Manning Overlook - a covered deck, perfect for alfresco dining
    • Ivy Overlook - a large cedar porch for "rocking" & relaxing

    While the Lodge is a wonderful setting for fine dining, receptions, banquets and meetings, it is also an ideal spot for relaxing and sharing meaningful time with colleagues, friends or loved ones.

    Lodge amenities include

    • Wireless DSL internet access
    • Communication center and office services
    • Public address system
    • Video and compact disc library
    • Variety of board games and cards
    • An eclectic collection of books, ranging from business to romance
    • Satellite television and music
    • Computer station for checking emails or browsing the web
    • Binoculars and guidebooks for bird watching
    • Gift shop
    • Full audio-visual capabilities

    Historic Gristmill

    Located on the south bank of Evins Mill Pond & Fall Creek, the historic Gristmill is home to an expansive game hall on the first floor as well as a conference center on the top floor.

    Cortland Game Hall amenities include

    • Wireless DSL internet access
    • Billiard table
    • Table tennis
    • Dart boards
    • Variety of board games and cards
    • Satellite television

    Conference Center amenities include.

    • Davidson & Knox Rooms, two dedicated meeting rooms
    • Full audio-visual capacity
    • Wireless DSL internet access
    • Tables & chairs set-up in a variety of configurations
  • Dining

     Introduction

    For many guests, dining at Evins Mill is the highlight of the experience. Unlike a traditional bed & breakfast, Evins Mill is a full service resort, fielding a full chef and wait staff and offering not only breakfast but dinner & lunch as well, with break & bar service in between. Whether it's an individual couple, a family reunion or "big chill" weekend, a small corporate group or a large wedding party, the Inn's cuisine is prepared with just the right touch and served in just the right setting, making it an inviting location for:

    • Romantic getaways
    • Corporate retreats
    • Receptions & rehearsal dinners
    • Dinner-only reservations
    • Holiday brunches
    • Breakfast or lunch day trips

    Meal & Break Service

    While most dinners are five-courses, featuring appetizers, soup, salad, entrée and dessert, our chefs also prepare reception buffets and festive cedar porch cookouts on designated holidays and upon group request. Midday meals are typically box lunches, though as with dinner, indoor buffets lodge-entrance 2 or outdoor cookouts are also available upon group request. With a few exceptions, breakfast is served buffet style.

    While the resort primarily serves its overnight guests, reservations for  dinner, breakfast and lunch are welcome as available by advance arrangement. And while groups of ten people or more may pre-select one entrée for each meal, the resort's chefs provide individual couples with a choice of two dinner entrees in the evening, a breakfast buffet in the morning and the option of a picnic box lunch or a seated three-course lunch.

    Bar & Beverage Service

    In addition to elegantly prepared cuisine, Evins Mill also boasts a full-service bar, featuring...

    • Premium & domestic beer
    • Mixed, specialty & after-dinner drinks
    • Fine and reasonably priced wines & champagnes
    • Tea, coffee, lemonade, ice water
    • Sodas & bottled waters

    Dining Locations & Settings

    All food & beverage related services at Evins Mill take place at the Main Lodge in a variety of settings, including...

    • Intimate dining at Millstone Landing, Adele Commons or the Stone Room - dining rooms surrounded by hand-hewn log or fieldstone walls with large fireplaces, all conducive to private dining and special occasions.
    • Alfresco dining on Manning Overlook, a covered deck with great views and sight and sound of water - ideal for private dining, festive cookouts and group socials.
    • Reception dining in Taylor Hall, a banquet hall with a panopoly of windows overlooking beautiful scenery - perfect for receptions, rehearsal dinners and banquets.

    In an effort to acquire its food from local vendors who raise their animals in a humane, grass-fed and chemical-free environment and who grow their produce organically, the resort is pleased to partner with a number of Tennessee-based food purveyors.

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  • Activities & Excursions

    Near Nashville and a Tennessee State Natural Area, Evins Mill Resort is home to a variety of on-site and nearby activities, including hiking trails, Carmack Falls, a swimming hole, a fishing pond & an expansive game hall - and is a convenient springboard to numerous other attractions, including:

    • Center Hill Lake where guests can boat, swim & fish
    • Caney Fork River, where guests can canoe, kayak & fish
    • Fall Creek Falls, Burgess Falls & Great Falls
    • RiverWatch Golf Course

    Outdoor Activities

    • Hiking along bluffs to overlooks and the base of Carmac Falls
    • Swimming in Cooper's Pond beneath the cascades of Carmac Falls
    • Fishing at Evins Mill Pond for bass, bluegill & brim
    • Relaxing on hammocks, rocking chairs & swings galore
    • Playing a variety of lawn games (horseshoes, corn hole, ladder golf, bocce ball, volleyball, badmitton, etc.)

    Disclaimer ~ Please note that the above mentioned trails are both adjacent to high cliffs and feature uneven and after rain slippery surfaces, sharp drop-offs and steep descents. Please also note that entry into the swimming hole referenced above should be exercized with caution, as rocks around it may be slippery. No life guard is ever on duty. Guests hike and swim at their own risk and are encouraged to use caution and good judgment.

    Indoor Pursuits

    • Billiard table, table tennis & darts
    • Variety of board games, cards & puzzles
    • Satellite television at Grand Lodge & Gristmill
    • DVD/VCR/TVs with video library
    • Binoculars & guidebooks for bird watching
    • Library with an eclectic collection of books

    Nearby Excursions (within a 10 minute drive)

    • Joe L. Evins Appalachian Center for Crafts
    • Stella Luna Art Gallery
    • Boating, Swimming & Fishing on Center Hill
    • numerous locally owned nurseries

    Day Trips (within an hour's drive)

    • Edgar Evins & Rock Island State Parks
    • Stonehaus Winery in Crossville
    • Cumberland Caverns of McMinnville
    • Fishing & Canoeing on the Caney Fork
  • A History of Evins Mill

    The Early Years

    The history of the property known today as The Inn at Evins Mill actually dates back to 1824, when a Tennessee Land Grant recorded it as Lockhart's Mill. Since then, the land has seen several owners, including the horse-and-buggy Lockhart, Lawrence and Webb families, all of whom built mills on the property. Perhaps the most well known proprietor was the politically prominent Evins family.

    The Evins Era

    Edgar Evins was a state senator and successful businessman with a variety of interests, including banking, bussing and oil. He bought the property in 1937 and built the present mill two years later, apparently in conjunction with an emerging business in Lebanon called Martha White.

    At the end of World War II after only five years of activity, Edgar ceased milling operations. While the mill lay dormant for years, the present log lodge that his wife Myrtie built in that same era became a bustling summer retreat for the Evins family – an ideal location in a time before air conditioning.

    Mrs. Evins passed the property to her son, Joe L. Evins, who, as a U.S. Congressman from 1946 to 1976, used it as a political retreat. Governors of Tennessee, including Buford Ellington, Estes Kefauver, and Frank Clement visited the Congressman here, as did Evins’ friends Albert Gore, Sr. & his son Al, Jr. Before becoming a U.S. Senator and later U.S. Vice-President, Al Gore Jr. was elected to the same congressional seat Evins once held. In addition to these political gatherings, Evins also used the property as a place for personal events, like reunions and receptions.

    The  Congressman would eventually bequeath the property to his alma mater, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Chapelgate

    In 1986, Angel & Robin Isaacs and their children purchased the land from Vanderbilt and established it as the headquarters of their business, ICDI, which developed software technology for drilling oil wells.

    Angel later converted the property into a private hideaway for Christian music recording artists and songwriters, which she called Chapelgate. In fact, Amy Grant recorded her record-breaking "Lead Me On" music video at the base of Carmac Falls. The family spent thousands of hours renovating the buildings and is responsible for designing and engineering the bridge that currently spans Evins Mill Pond.

    To this day, Angel shares a deep affection for the property that figured so prominently in her life, authoring "The Chapelgate Adventure Series" and using the property as the setting for her books, details about which can be found at www.ChapelgateAngel.com. mill_sketch

    The Mill

    In 1991, Nashville businessman Bill Cochran, of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, acquired the property to use as a private retreat for his family and business. He called it simply “The Mill.”

    The following  year, he transformed the upper floor of the Gristmill into the conference center it is today and, with the assistance of his wife Anita, significantly renovated the Main Lodge. Their contribution to the Lodge’s comfortable ambiance is apparent in a number of its decorative touches.

    The Inn at Evins Mill

    In early 1994, Bill and his son William formed the Cochran Management Company, which acquired the property and developed it further, most notably with the construction of twelve bluff view rooms. In October of that same year, Evins Mill opened its doors to the public.

    In the early years, the property was used almost exclusively as a corporate retreat, and in fact was first called “Evins Mill Retreat.” In 2000, the business expanded its services and clientele to include leisure travel and special events, such as weddings, receptions and banquets. To better represent this more diverse portfolio of services, offerings and patronage, the property became known at this time and remains known today as “The Inn at Evins Mill.”

    To accommodate this more varied client base, Evins Mill embarked in 2002 on a second round of upgrades, including the addition of Cortland Game Hall and the remodeling of its guest rooms. The most ambitious project of all was the recent addition to the Grand Lodge of Taylor Hall, Manning Overlook, Ivy Overlook and a bar in Adele Commons.

    Even as Evins Mill evolves and grows, it strives to remain true to its heritage of down-home hospitality.

  • Directions

    Please beware of speed traps - we don't want you to get a ticket!

    Nashville

    Direct Route

    1. Follow I-40 East toward Knoxville approximately 30 miles
    2. Take exit 239A (the Watertown/Highway 70 East exit)
    3. Follow Hwy. 70 East 35 miles into Smithville
    4. From the intersection of Hwy. 70 and Hwy. 56 in Smithville, continue east on Hwy. 70 for 1.4 miles and turn right onto Evins Mill Road
    5. Look for Pirtle Nursery billboard
    6. Follow Evins Mill Road another 1.4 miles, and Evins Mill is on the left (beware of sharp curve on Evins Mill Road!)
    7. Approximate driving time: 1.25 hours

    Scenic Route

    1. Follow I-40 East toward Knoxville approximately 65 miles from Nashville
    2. Take exit 273 (the Smithville-McMinnville/Hwy. 56 South exit)
    3. Turn right off ramp and follow Hwy. 56 South 13 miles into Smithville
    4. At the intersection of Hwy. 56 and Hwy. 70 in Smithville, turn left onto Hwy. 70 East
    5. Follow Hwy. 70 East 1.4 miles and turn right onto Evins Mill Road, look for Pirtle Nursery billboard
    6. Follow Evins Mill Road another 1.4 miles, and Evins Mill is on the left (beware of sharp curve on Evins Mill Road!)
    7. Approximate driving time: 1.5 hours

    Knoxville

    1. Follow I-40 West toward Nashville
    2. Take exit 273 (the Smithville-McMinnville/Hwy. 56 South exit)
    3. Turn left off ramp and follow Hwy. 56 South 20 miles into Smithville
    4. At the intersection of Hwy. 56 and Hwy. 70 in Smithville, turn left onto Hwy. 70 East
    5. Follow Hwy. 70 East 1.4 miles and turn right onto Evins Mill Road
    6. Follow Evins Mill Road another 1.4 miles, and Evins Mill is on the left (beware of sharp curve on Evins Mill Road!)

    Chattanooga

    1. From I-24, take exit 178 (to downtown Chattanooga) onto Hwy. 27 North and follow 23 miles past Red Bank and Soddy Daisy
    2. At the fork in the highway, take Hwy. 111 North (to Dunlap) and follow 60 miles to Sparta
    3. In Sparta, take the exit for Hwy. 70 (to Sparta/Smithville), turn left off ramp and follow Hwy. 70 West approximately 19 miles toward Smithville (Please note that prior to this exit, there are also exits for Hwy. 70S West to McMinnville and Hwy. 1 East to Sparta. Do not take either of these, but continue on Hwy. 111 to Sparta)
    4. Several hundred yards after Hwy. 70 changes from two lanes to five, turn left onto Evins Mill Road
    5. Follow Evins Mill Road 1.4 miles, and Evins Mill is on the left (beware of sharp curve on Evins Mill Road!)
    6. Approximate driving time: 1.75 hours


     Murfreesboro

    1. Follow Hwy. 96 east approximately 45 miles until it intersects with Hwy. 70
    2. Turn right onto Hwy. 70 east and follow 15 miles into Smithville
    3. From the intersection of Hwy. 56 and Hwy. 70 in Smithville, continue straight on Hwy. 70 east 1.4 miles and turn right onto Evins Mill Road, look for Pirtle Nursery billboard
    4. Follow Evins Mill Road another 1.4 miles, and Evins Mill is on the left (beware of sharp curve on Evins Mill Road!)
    5. Approximate driving time: 1 hour

    McMinnville

    1. Follow Hwy. 56 north twenty miles to Smithville
    2. From the intersection of Hwy. 56 and Hwy. 70 in Smithville, turn right onto Hwy. 70 east
    3. Follow Hwy. 70 east 1.4 miles and turn right onto Evins Mill Road, look for Pirtle Nursery billboard
    4. Follow Evins Mill Road another 1.4 miles, and Evins Mill is on the left (beware of sharp curve on Evins Mill Road!)
    5. Approximate driving time: 30 minutes
 
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