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War Eagle Mill, SE Benton County Arkansas along the Beautiful War Eagle River, Since 1832!
USDA Organic Certified Grains, Flours, Meals & Gourmet Mixes; Bean Palace Restaurant on 3rd Floor Great Food!
War Eagle Mill
11045 War Eagle Road
Spring and Fall Craft Fairs
Held on the grounds of
The Only Working, Water-powered, Undershot
Stone Buhr Grist Mill in the USA!
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Brief History: 1832 ~ 1838 ~ 1873 ~ 1973
In 1832, Sylvanus Blackburn left Tennessee with a wagon and four oxen, and came to the War Eagle River valley in Arkansas. He spent the winter building a log home and clearing the land of his homestead. He brought his wife from Tennessee the next year. One of Sylvanus' first projects was a water-powered grist mill. In 1838, a flood on the War Eagle destroyed the mill. A second mill, four stories tall, was soon erected. Five of Blackburn's sons joined the Confederate Army and the rest of the family went to Texas. The retreating Confederate Army burned the mill on War Eagle to prevent its use by Federal troops. Sylvanus' sixth son, James Austin Cameron Blackburn, built the third mill in 1873. The village of War Eagle grew around the grist mill. There was a sawmill, carpentry shop, and a blacksmith ship, but the grist mill was the center of activities -- socialing, square dancing, and weddings. In 1924, once again the mill burned. For nearly 50 years only the dam and the raceway remained. In 1973, centennial year of the original mill, Jewell A. Leta Medlin and Zoe Medlin Caywood built the existing fourth mill on the same foundations as an authentic reproduction of the first mill to preserve the history of grist milling. (Source: Mill signage)
The GPS coordinates are - (latitude and longitude) 36° 16' 02.28" N 93° 56' 35.37" W
The Mill provides a restaurant, Spring & Fall Ozark craft fairs each year, and
the Nation's only working undershot Grist Mill (Wikipedia article).
Artisan Slow Stone Ground Grains
Buy fresh organic flour, meals, gourmet baking mixes, whole grain, gluten free flours, stone buhr ground products and other quality baking supplies available from the store on the first floor. The first floor is also where you can watch the grain milling process at work. Gifts and crafts are available for purchase on the second floor. The third floor contains the fine Bean Palace Restaurant which specializes in homemade, hearty Ozark fare for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea time
The Mill sells many fine items such as cast iron skillets, safe wooden toys, handmade hunting knives, fruit preserves, jellys, seasonings, marinades, dip mixes, dutch ovens, homemade cookies, brownies, and snacks, cooking vinegars, cooking utensils, handmade baskets, 'War Eagle' cloth bags, mugs, cooking pans, candy, knick knacks, jewelry, candles, dishes, lotions, stone shop, cards, toy cars, toy sets (cowboys, indians, farm, and forest), plaques, kitchen towels, cookie cutters, and measuring glasses. Spring and Fall Craft Fairs
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