Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Marker Program

Van Winkle's Mill


City: Rogers

County: Benton

Location: Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area near Van Winkle Hollow, 3.4 mile west of the Highway 12/War Eagle Road interesection

Sponsor: Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission; Hobbs State Park—Conservation Area; Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council

GEO Coordinates

UTM-X: 413960
UTM-Y: 4017298
UTM Zone: 15

Latitude: 36.2968333
Longitude: -93.9562333

Marker Text

Van Winkle’s Mill

Peter Van Winkle’s saw mill cut lumber for Confederate soldiers’ winter quarters at Cross Hollow and Oxford Bend in early 1862. Gen. Earl Van Dorn’s Confederates used the mill to grind corn after their March 1862 defeat at Pea Ridge, and wounded men were sheltered in the mill and nearby houses. Van Winkle and his family fled to Texas, and the mill was burned on Dec. 3, 1863. Van Winkle built an improved mill after the Civil War and it provided much of the lumber to rebuild war-ravaged northwest Arkansas during Reconstruction. It closed in 1890.

No. 83

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Hobbs State Park—Conservation Area

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council


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