The Thomas Amis House, built in 1780, is shown in the following artist’s depiction with it’s surrounding palisade and detached cookhouse. Captain Thomas Amis was granted the land for his service in the Revolutionary War. In its day, the Amis Mill site also had a forging operation and business commissary located at the end of the Old Stage Road. This was the final destination for the Stagecoach from the east and to the west of Amis Mill was unsettled territory of the new frontier called America.
The Amis Dam and Gristmill on Big Creek were also built in 1780. Below is Wendy Jacobs, Thomas Amis’ 5th Great-Granddaughter sitting atop the Dam. Wendy and Jake Jacobs purchased the property in recent years to enjoy the historic heritage and beauty of the location. The Amis Mill Eatery was opened on the site of the old mill house after they acquired the property.
Below is Amis Mill, while still standing, it’s waterwheel covered with ice.
The ruins of the mill are open to the public and can be seen at the Amis Dam site.
Here is a photo of the Thomas Amis House today.
Thomas Amis was laid to rest in the Amis family cemetery on the grounds near his home and the photo is of Clay Jacobs, the 6th Great Grandson, beside Thomas’ headstone.
These are the Amis family trunks used by Thomas’ family when they sailed to America and date back to the 1600’s.
These are some of Thomas’ personal items remaining in the home.
Some small artifacts and pottery have been found on the property.
Another fascinating Amis treasure is this handmade antique primitive flax hetchel comb, circa 1700s.
The most significant find is the millstone, which is now at the entrance of the Eatery.
The Birdhouse Trail is located behind the Eatery for patrons to walk the grounds and view the Thomas Amis House and family cemetary. On Birdhouse Trail, the trees are home to a collection of donated birdhouses from locals and other patrons of Amis Mill Eatery.
Amis Mill hosts wedding ceremonies and in 2013 added a Wedding Arbor with the beautiful surroundings as a backdrop for couples to share their vows.
The Eatery has a wide variety of fare on the menu and has something for all tastes.
Amis Mill Eatery offers indoor dining or dine on the deck, in warmer months of course.
Check out our new Pavilion…
Take a step back in time at the Amis Colonial Christmas Tour of the Thomas Amis House.
Amis Mill Eatery hosted this Tour Bus caravan that dropped in with lots of hungry travelers.
Contact Jake Jacobs, the owner of Amis Mill Eatery, at (423) 272-7040 to discuss your special event.