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Yellowleaf Creek Mill: Unique Wedding & Event Destination

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The splash of the waterfall and rotation of the 16 foot water wheel are signs of new life from a 150 year old Chilton County landmark. Yellowleaf Creek Mill is a historic gristmill that dates back to before the Civil War. Gone are the days of producing grits and cornmeal, today the mill has experienced a modern day renaissance as one of the most picturesque and unique wedding and event venues in the Southeast.

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Once called Shannon’s Mill and before that Miller’s Mill, Yellowleaf Creek Mill is believed to have been built around 1855. At one time it was the hub of the community, producing up to 4,500 pounds of cornmeal, flour and grits each day. In 2014, the mill was purchased by a Birmingham businessman with a love of the past. David Brogdon initially purchased the mill to be a centerpiece for a new 530 acre development named “The Highlands” he’s building in North Shelby County. But after the purchase, as he and a few of his colleagues sat in rocking chairs on the mill’s porch overlooking the 150 foot waterfall, its fate became clear. He recalls, “We looked at one another and I said, ‘Well, what are we gonna do?’ And they looked at me and said, ‘We can’t move this mill. It’s too old and too valuable to the community.’’ Brogdon agreed and responded laughing and shaking his head, “That’s what I thought. Now what are we going to do with a gristmill?”

Yellow Leaf Creek Mill Bridal Session, Clanton Alabama Wedding Venue
Yellow Leaf Creek Mill Bridal Session, Clanton Alabama Wedding Venue

Brogdon brought in Chris Reebals of Christopher Architects and Interiors to provide a restoration look that would utilize some new ideas of large porches and additional windows to enhance the mill’s previous glory and beyond. New siding, paint, and a fully functioning water wheel were just some of the additional improvements made. Today the mill is a perfect blend of old and new. Guests feel like they are taking a step back in time without sacrificing modern conveniences. The mill features some of the original machinery but also has state of the art equipment for meetings and events including a 3D Hi-definition projector and large retractable screen, as well as high speed internet.

Yellowleaf Creek Mill features a large covered porch that overlooks Yellowleaf Creek. There’s a bridal suite and a fully functioning, top of the line Viking kitchen. But of course the best seat in the house just may be along the wrap around porch that overlooks the iconic water wheel and breathtaking waterfall. Yellowleaf Creek Mill is available for weddings, receptions, reunions, corporate retreats, church retreats, showers and parties. Enchanting, historic, inspiring, an event at Yellowleaf Creek Mill is sure to be picture perfect and memorable. For more information visit To book an event or learn more about the mill call 205-280-0903 or email

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Just a short ride from Birmingham, Yellowleaf Creek Mill offers a unique blend of beauty and history perfect for weddings, retreats and reunions. Learn more about this Southeast destination on Facebook and at


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