Recently while I was visiting Hobbs State Park, I drove across the bridge by the War Eagle Mill and realized that while I have seen the mill while shopping at craft fairs or driving across the historic bridge, I've never actually visited the mill. I decided that needed to change...immediately. For assignment #16 on the 100 Things To Do in Rogers series, you must visit War Eagle Mill. Besides for the gorgeous drive to get there, it is a sight worth seeing if you are visiting northwest Arkansas. If you live here, you don't have an excuse not to visit!
War Eagle Mill
The War Eagle Mill is a working gristmill that was originally built in 1832. Unfortunately, the mill has been
destroyed three times; once due to a flood, and twice by fire. The first fire was set by Confederate soldiers to keep it from being used by the Union during the Civil War. The mill that still stands today was built 1973 and is the only working watermill in Arkansas. It is powered by an eighteen-foot cypress water wheel, which is a fun site to see during your visit. The mill houses a restaurant and store, where they sell organic grain, cereal and flour products on site.
How It Works
According to the mill's website, the War Eagle Mill’s 18-foot undershot water wheel rotates when water strikes the paddles or blades at the bottom of the wheel. The force of the water’s movement drives the blades of the wheel, which rotates a turbine that drives the mill’s machinery. This, in turn, allows the millstone to grind grain into flour. You can learn more about the mill and its history during a free informal tour of the mill. Tours are provided by request, and are given by staff on each floor. The miller will be happy talk to you about the general history of the mill and the milling operations using the river to power our stone buhrs as well.
Bean Palace Restaurant & Shop
Brunch is one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday and in case you missed it, the Bean Palace was on my list as one of the Best Places to Brunch in Rogers. The Bean Palace isn't just a great place for breakfast or brunch, they also serve lunch. If you love beans and fresh cornbread, this is your place! They have a full menu, but that is their specialty. If you don't have time for lunch, you can always stop in for an afternoon tea or a sweet treat too, like like cobbler and ice cream. Besides for the delicious food, you'll get a great view since the restaurant is located on the third floor of the working mill. All War Eagle grains are organically grown and are non-GMO, which means they have no additives or preservatives and are not chemically treated.
- Breakfast: 8:30 am to 11:00 am
- Lunch: 11:00 am to 4 pm
- Tea Time, Dessert and Drinks: 4 pm to 5 pm
After your meal, make sure to browse the mill's shop where you will find all sorts of fun things to look at and take home to eat. From breads and pancake mixes to jams and jellies, you're bound to find something for everyone. There is a section on the mill's website with recipes so you can put your new grains, flours and mixes to good use.
War Eagle Bridge
If you visit the mill, then you have to visit War Eagle Bridge. This one lane steel bridge was built in 1907 and adjoins the War Eagle Mill. This bridge carries traffic across War Eagle Creek. The bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 19, 1985. The mill and bridge offer scenic backgrounds for pictures, so bring your camera! War Eagle Creek runs under the bridge. It's a great place to enjoy the sunset, skip rocks with your family or cool off by wading in the water.
Fall Craft Fair
One of the busiest times of year for the mill is definitely each fall during craft fair weekend! Each October, the mill's grounds are filled with craft men and women from all over the country offering their original, handmade work such as decorative items, folk art, paintings, pottery, stoneware, wreaths, quilts, jewelry and much, much more. The fair this year will be held from Thursday, Oct. 16th to Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Booths are open 8 am to 5:30 pm, Thursday through Saturday, and until 4:30 pm on Sunday.
How to Get There
The War Eagle Mill and War Eagle Bridge are located off of Scenic Hwy 12 along the War Eagle Creek approximately 15 miles east of Rogers, or 25 miles southwest of Eureka Springs. For turn by turn directions, visit the War Eagle Mill website. The address is 11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers, AR. If you get lost, you can also call them at 479-789-5343.
When not working as a public relations professional, Jennifer Haile can usually be found playing Star Wars or pirates with her two young boys. Jennifer, an avid runner, enjoys exploring the area on foot during her free time. She and her husband Charles love camping, hiking and calling the Hogs.