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Johnson Mill

Johnson Mill -  Springdale, Arkansas

Photos by Ben Prepelka

     Located in the geographical center of Arkansas's northwest, Springdale is now the state's fourth largest city. In a city that's embraced the 21st century with nano-technology, large scale food production, biomedical implant coatings and strategic military applications, Springdale is still reminded of its past through a dozen historic sites.
     One of the vestiges of Springdale's past is the historic Johnson Mill. Believed to be the oldest business in Arkansas, the mill was built in 1835. Partially burnt by retreating Confederate forces after the Battle at Pea Ridge, the mill was reconstructed in 1867. Johnson Mill - Inn at the Mill logo Operating for over 130 years, the mill finally ceased operations during the late 60s.
     Architect James Lambeth began restoration on the mill in 1991, returning the mill to working order and converting the historic building to a modern day inn. Two suites were added above the mill, as well as a wing of 30 rooms. Seen as an artful way of connecting the past and present, 19th century settlers at the Inn at the Mill would be baffled by flat screen TVs, IPod docks, mini fridges and high speed internet service. The rooms at inn vary from a mixture of plain Jane to specialty suites which follow the styles of Frank Lloyd Wright to Walt Disney, and Claude Monet to Frederick Remington.
     Built in 1995, James at the Mill is an award winning full-service restaurant adjacent the inn. Chef Miles James offers his Ozark Plateau cuisine during lunch Monday through Friday, and dinner Monday through Saturday. Not only will Springfield's guest admire this historic mill, but they may also enjoy a premier dining experience right next door.

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