The Old Mill Inn was built as a replica of a flour mill for the 1936 Texas Centennial and World Fair. It was a large exhibit that featured a modern experimental flour mill, three model kitchens and a tea room.
The theme of the architecture employed throughout The Old Mill Inn depicts the progress made during the 100 years of our independence. The exterior of the building is of ancient rustic design representative of a mill from 1836. The roof and all other woodwork is built of old timbers. Notice the overhead hand carved beams which German carpenters connected with wooden pegs. The stones are laid after the manner employed by the masons of a century ago. The fireplace remains in its original state as it was in 1936. Please see the full page. Dallas Morning news ad in our front lobby from 1936 for the Old Mill Inn.
Ida Chitwood was the most famous demonstrator at the exhibit. Ladies from all over North Texas could enter her model test kitchen and watch Ida work, showing off new cooking techniques using flour. When Ida was working at The Old Mill Inn she lived in her traveling railcar in back of the fairgrounds.
Now this vintage stone structure is taking a new turn, demonstrating the continuing appeal of history in the modern era. The Old Mill Inn is now available for private functions in this historic setting.
We are committed to continue the quality tradition and stewardship of great hospitality at The Old Mill Inn. We hope you enjoy your journey back in time. In addition to being open to the public for specific special events at Fair Park the Old Mill Inn is available for private parties and functions of all type. We are located next to the Fair Park Music Hall and accept reservations for selected shows and times. Please call our hot line for hours of operations 214-426-4600.