About Us

Our Story

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 our 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 wife Carol scoured the Smokies looking for the grist mill and water-wheel 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 when customers returned home and discovered the good taste, a website was designed to make it easy to order. 

In 2019, Charles retired and the mill was purchased by local resident John Parker, a Native American Cherokee Indian.  Today, Saunooke’s Mill is visited by thousands of vacationers to Cherokee, NC.   We hope you take time to look around online or come by Saunooke Mill when you are on the reservation. Meanwhile, if you want us to send something extra, please do not hesitate to contact us.

stone ground grits from cherokee saunooke mill

you’ll find hundreds of unique items in our Cherokee Saunooke’s Mill store. We’ve now collected our most popular products to offer them here online, including:

  • Stone Ground Cornmeals

  • Stone Ground Grits

  • Stone Ground Flour

  • Stone Ground Breading Mixes

  • Handmade Carving and Cheese Boards

  • Unique Gift Boxes and more…

Visit our Cherokee Mill or Buy Direct

Saunooke Mill is a grist mill and gift shop owned an operated by a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Our water grist mill is located in Saunooke Village on the river at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, NC.  We grind cornmeal and grits with no preservatives or additives.

Flat shipping Rate

We will ship up to 6 bags of MEAL (cornmeal, grits, flour, etc.) anywhere in continental USA for $18.40.
Standard shipping rates apply on other quantities in your cart.


Add 6 bags to your cart GET 6th one FREE!!

(Discount will be applied at checkout. Limited to one free bag per session).

Cherokee Store

Saunooke Village
25 Big Cove Road
Cherokee, NC 28719

Phone: 828-497-9879

Hours:  Open 7 days a week
9:00 - 8:00   Apr - Oct
9:30 - 5:30  Mid-Mar, Nov, Dec
Closed for Winter   Jan - Feb

Flat Rate Shipping Available

We'll ship anywhere in the Continental US.