~ Historic War Eagle Mills ~
March 20 2007
Canon PowerShot S3 IS Auto iso 100
and added a cloth filter in GIMP 2
Rogers, Arkansas USA
The Bridge, and
Mill dates back to 1832
A fascinating and nostalgic historic site
nestled in the rolling Ozark hills of Northwest
Arkansas, War Eagle Mill is one of the many
picturesque places in the Natural State.
I remember riding in the back of the truck, as my daddy took a load of corn to this mill to have it ground, and I remember all those hot pans of cornbread my momma used to cook with that huge pot of brown beans……boy things have sure changed today!!
You can get a great bowl of beans while visiting this mill, they have a really great restaurant, but I have to say I do not think I have ever tasted a bean like my momma cooked.
The mill dates back to 1832, but was destroyed three times, and last rebuilt in 1973. The mill currently operates as an undershot gristmill and houses a store and restaurant. The bridge and mill are located at about 10 miles east of the city of Rogers in War Eagle, Arkansas.
Sylvanus and Cathryn Blackburn moved to the War Eagle Valley in 1832 and built a mill next to War Eagle Creek.. In 1848 a flood pushed the mill into the river, washing it downstream and completely destroying it. The Blackburns rebuilt the mill and expanded it to include a sawmill. Business prospered as the local population increased.
In 1973, Jewel Medlin purchased the property. His wife Leta and daughter Zoe Medlin Caywood found blueprints and rebuilt the mill for the third time. The design was modified slightly to bring back the undershot waterwheel that had been used over 100 years earlier. War Eagle Mill is the only working watermill in Arkansas, and is powered by an eighteen-foot cypress waterwheel. They mill and sell organic grain, cereal and flour products commercially on site.