In the mid 1990’s GMR artist Henry Doskey was a partner in a small shop in Greenville, North Carolina, specializing in collectible glassware and other vintage merchandise, such as furniture, pottery, and jewelry. As they sought a name for their shop that would “brand” it as a Greenville-based business, Doskey and partner Danny Gaskins chose “Green Mill Antiques”, named after the tributary of the Tar River that crosses Greenville. Originally named “Green’s Mill Run”, and actually the watercourse that powered a mid-nineteenth century mill (“Green’s Mill” is listed in several post-Civil War business directories) on the northeast side of Greenville, the millrun’s name, over the years, had evolved into Green Mill Run.
As Green Mill Run crosses urban Greenville, it surfaces on the northeast corner (where the now-lost Green’s Mill was located, and where molinologist Doug Swords has only recently identified the Mill Pond’s location) and can be seen flowing through the campus of East Carolina University, bordering Green Springs Park, and again submerging before finally emptying into the Tar River on the southeast. Green Mill Antiques was also abandoned, after the floods from Hurricane Floyd in 1999, but the name resurfaced as Green Mill Recordings in 2000 when the Complete Piano Music of William Gillock series of recordings began.
Green Mill Recordings celebrated its eleventh anniversary in 2011. The Green Mill Recordings logo that depicts an old-time mill is copyrighted.