War Eagle Mill is located about 30 minutes from our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast. It is in a beautiful setting, has a fascinating history, and is well worth a visit any time of year.
A young couple named Sylvanus and Catherine Blackburn built the house that still stands at War Eagle Mill back in the early 1830s, when they moved into the valley from Tennessee. Shortly thereafter, they built a mill, for the closest mill at the time was 25 miles away. Business thrived as more and more homesteaders brought their corn to War Eagle Mill, and Sylvanus added a lumber mill to the building. The mill was lost to flooding in 1848, and Sylvanus rebuilt it. It was burned during the Civil War, and son J.A.C. rebuilt it. After changing hands, the mill burned again in 1924. It was rebuilt by the Medlin family in 1973, and it stands intact today.
Elise Roenigk runs War Eagle Mill nowadays, using it to create fresh, organic products. Visitors to the mill can watch it in operation and marvel at the technology that has kept people fed for so many centuries. Visitors are welcome to walk and bike the many trails on the property, to visit the Hobbs Nature Center, and to explore the rich history of the place. All this will undoubtedly spark an appetite, which can be satisfied at The Bean Palace restaurant, on the third floor of the mill.
Each spring and fall, War Eagle Mill hosts an Arts and Crafts fair. The Arts and Crafts Fair at War Eagle Mill is considered to be “the grandaddy of all Arkansas craft fairs”. If you love to peruse booth after booth of finely made arts and crafts, you’ll want to attend the War Eagle Mill Arts and Crafts Fair, October 13 – 16, 2011.
We still have availability at our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast the weekend of the Arts and Crafts Fair at War Eagle Mill. Come spend a few days meandering through the booths and enjoying the land at War Eagle Mill, and let us pamper you at our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast.
More information about the mill and Crafts Fair is available at War Eagle Mill.