October Events and the Buffalo National River

The Buffalo National River Partners are offering some great events in October that range from history to flora and fauna.

Civil War Chats

At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, James Johnston will present “The Skirmishes at Woolum.” Two particularly hard fought skirmishes occurred just up Richland Creek on Christmas Day, 1863 and May 3 and 5, 1864.  Often both Union and Confederate participants in these skirmishes would be from the area. 

This session will be at the Hall Cemetery. To get there, take Ark. 65 South to Ark. 74 then right to Snow Ball. At the “T”intersection make a right then a quick left (within sight of the “T”intersection) onto Richland Road. Follow that road up to McCutchen Gap and back down the other side, then follow the road up to Hall Cemetery.

Boxley Mill Tours and Wildlife Viewing

The elk are rutting and the leaves are changing color, which makes it a prime time to visit the Buffalo National River area. Plus, tours of Boxley Mill will be given on weekends between Oct. 12 and Nov. 4. The historic Mill will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

From 1870 until the 1950s this grist mill was handed down from generation to generation and was an important component of the community. Now, in the 21st century, the grist mill is under a 50-year lease with the Gorgas Science Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service. The nation is fortunate that the foundation is willing to take on the preservation of such a stately, historic building.
Step back in time by entering the grist mill and tour the first floor of this structure. Since the grist mill is not electrified you might want to bring a flashlight. The mill is not handicapped accessible, although parking is in sight of the mill and only a short walk is required then 4 stair-steps to enter. Once inside there is a level ramp to walk. The closest restroom and drinking water is located a couple miles north of the mill at the Lost Valley Day Use Area.
Volunteers will be located at Boxley Mill, Ark. 43 turn-out, Lost Valley and Ponca Access to answer questions from visitors at these locations. For more information, call Ranger Linda at the Pruitt Information Station at 1-870-446-5373.

Exotic and Invasive Plants

The program, “Exotic and Invasive Plant Management at Buffalo National River,” will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Boone County Library in Harrison. Adam Throckmorton is the field supervisor for the Heartland Network Exotic Plant Management Team, based at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Republic, Missouri.  He has been working with the National Park Service for the past five years specifically on invasive and exotic plants.  His presentation will include descriptions and photographs of common exotic, invasive plants found throughout Buffalo National River. The talk will focus on work the Exotic Plant Management group has done throughout the National River and feature before, during and after photographs. A general discussion of how interested partners can assist and a short question session will conclude the talk.








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