Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Sassafras Mill ~ 1920 - 1974

Marker ID: THC 4C 36
Location: 7115 Hwy 18 S, Hickory Valley, TN
County: Hardeman
Coordinates: N 35° 9.216    W 089° 7.69
  35.1536    -89.12816666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


This is the boiler portion of the sassafras mill that operated in Hickory Valley. It took native sassafras roots and processed them into an aromatic oil used in medicine, perfume, and flavoring. A man with a mule regularly dug a ton of roots a day and was paid $14.00. One owner promoted the mill by paying his workers with bills dipped in the oil. In its final years of operation, the Hickory Valley sassafras mill was the only one in the United States.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.