Foggy Morning in Van Winkle Hollow
This is the site of an old Confederate mill.
The ruins of this limestone springhouse is virtually at that remains of the Van Winkle family's home and mill.
Foggy Morning - Vertical
A very foggy Monday morning. You couldn't see much of a sunrise.
Sunrise at Van Winkle's Mill
Peter Van Winkle's slaves built a lumber mill here on Little Clifty Creek. He supplied lumber for the Confederates, and sheltered them after they were defeated at Pea Ridge in 1862.
Former Antebellum Mill Site
The mill was burned down in 1863, after Van Winkle and his family fled to Texas. He built a new mill after the war, but it closed in 1890.
Bridge leading to Van Winkle Hollow
The Van Winkle Hollow was the locus of what what more than 17,000 acres owned by Peter Van Winkle in Northwest Arkansas.
Antebellum Mill; Modern Sunken Forest
You can see a photo of the Van Winkle Mill at http://www.friendsofhobbs.com/content/history-park
Trees in Little Clifty Creek
I went to the creek the morning after a heavy rain. But these trees were still under some water when I returned a week of no rain.
Little Clifty Creek
Sunrise on Little Clifty Creek.
Small Footbridge in Van Winkle Hollow
The bridge is usually unnecessarily, unless it has recently rained.
Trees on Little Clifty Creek
Even after a log period without rain, the bottom of the trees were covered in water at the northeast corner of the hollow, where the old mill stood.
Foundation of Lumber Mill
This is the foundaiton of the Van Winkle lumber mill. It was the first steam-powered sawmill in Northwest Arkansas
Van Winkle's Old Sawmill
The sawmill once provided the lumber for buildings across Northwest Arkansas, including Fayetteville and Eureka Springs. Read more about the mill from the City of Rogers.
Ruins of a Garden
What remains of a garden maintained by Van Winkle's slaves. In 1861, tax records show Van Winkle had 12 slaves forced to work on his properties in Benton County across more than 1,300 acres.
It's hard to believe this raised plateau was once a well-kept garden. Compare this photo with the one showing how the garden looked in its heyday on page 116 of The Landscape of Van Winkle's Mill: Identity, Myth, and Modernity in the Ozark Upland South.