Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 27, 1975 · Page 97
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 27, 1975
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Cane Hill: Where Time Stands Still By Faune Conner In rural Northwest Arkansas in Washington County there is a tiny village that has remained unchanged by time for nearly 100 years. Cane Hill is the community's name, and it is one of the most historic sites in Arkansas. Tourists find it a delightful combination of nostalgia, romance, and jntrigue. The drive to Cane Hill is a scenic one. leaving Fayetteville on U.S. 62 West and passing through small farming communities until Ark. 45 intersects 62 miles west of Prairie drove. Ark. 45 then leads four miles south to Cane Hill, which lies at the bottom of a cool, green valley. (lane Hill now has a population of about 150 in comparison to 1840 when over 1.000 people lived there. The business district is deserted except for the post office and one small grocery store, but don't sell the town short. Behind every ghost of a building; every aging house, and every plot of land in Cane Hill, there is a story. Cane Hill was settled in 1828 by Presbyterians who were drawn to the area's rich farmlands and abundant springs. These early settlers carved large and often elegant homesteads out of the surrounding hills and founded a community that became a cultural leader for Arkansas. Education was of high concern, and in 1834 the Cane Hill Col- DICK-A-DOO MOTEL "fisherman's Paradise" OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN AT TRIPLE-ESS PIER · Rooms 4 Complete Efficiency Apu. · Color TV Available · Fishing ': block away · Air Cond. · Suri Deck Playground Area · Cook-out Area · Coll ATLANTIC BEACH NORTH CAROLINA, 28512 Write for Brochure, Box 162 Dkk * Bonnie jtogcrun PHONE(919)726-SSU 'GOLD COAST MOTEL In Delightful Cherry Grove 301N. Ocean Blvd. NORTH MYRTLE BEACH South Carolina 29582, Phone 803/249-2412 2 3 ROOM EFFICIENCIES 28 Units. New Modern. 150 Feet 1 to Beach Fully Equipped Elec. Kitchen. Color TV, Heoted Pool 8, Kiddie ' Pool, Golf Privileges, Surf, Pier Inlet Fishing. Daily Maid Service. 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The war came to Cane Hill -- literally - on Oct. 28, 1862, when 5.000 men under Federal Gen. Blount and 2.000 men under Confederate Gen. Marmaduke battled throughout the township. The stronger Federal force pushed the Confederates southward and plundered and burned Cane Hill in the days that followed. During the Federal occupation, all of the college buildings were destroyed except for one dormitory used as a hospital. Food and valuables were stolen and livestock driven away. As an act of retaliation for sniper shots fired at Yankee soldiers. three elderly men were hanged. There was one humorous incident that occurred during the Battle of Cane Hill, however, and local residents still chuckle over the anecdote today. It is said that when the Federals came to burn the home of the college music teacher. Mary Seller Russell, she begged them to spare her.piano and carry it out into the yard. The marauding soldiers agreed, but only if she would play them a tune. As her house went up in flames and cinders burned her clothing, an unsinkable. d e f i a n t Mrs. Russell p l a y e d "Dixie" with a gusto never heard since in Cane Hill. 'BLOCK FROM FISHING I PIER! WRITE , FOR RITES! lege ceased operation in 1887 when the tuition-free state university was established at Fayetteville. This last Cane Hill College, which is credited with fostering the public school system in Arkansas, still stands today. Visitors will find Cane Hill College in the center of town one block west of Ark. 45. A gravel road leads up to the campus that looks much as it did 89 years ago. The college bell is housed in a wooden Belfry standing in the front yard. The bell was donated to the College in 1852 after it was recovered from a steamboat sunk in the Arkansas River at Little Rock. This historic bell, which was cracked during the Battle of Cane Hill and later recast in Cincinnati. Ohio, is still rung traditionally on New Years and Julv 4. After the war. Cane Hill rebuilt its businesses and. in 1868. a new frame college building. A fountain stood in the center of Main Street, and along its sides were two blacksmith shops, a bank, a drug store, a cooperage shop, a shoe shop, a millinery shop, a doctor's office and several general merchandise stores. There were also cider and vinegar mills in the area and a pottery factory operated by J.B. Wilbur. An ever-busy Wilbur produced all the crocks, churns, flower pots, mixing bowls, and canning jars needed by the average family. In 1S85! Cane Hill College mysteriously burned and was rebuilt in 1886 -- a sturdy, two-story brick structure costing $5,750. The col- IALLOU SLEDGE Realtors P.O. Box 28 ATUUmCKMN, NX. 21512 REALTOR EDGEWATER MOTEL On boutiful Sound 10 W«* ColumbM St. wtwrovmi KM* M.C. 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The three-story overshot wheel once powered the Moore-Buchanan Mill that stood beside Jordan Creek. When in operation 100 years ago, the steel waterwheel was said to be the largest west of the Mississippi arid _the second largest in the world. The old mill building was torn down to its foundation long ago, but the wheel stands in its original position as a reminder of the times it steadily turned to grind wheat, corn, and to saw logs. ' Many of the private homes beside and near Ark. 45 in Cane Hill are ones that were built before the Civil War. such as the Will Moore House, the Henry Pyeatte House. Reedholme, the Joe Moore Place, and the Brick House once used as the Federal headquarters. Another house of note in the .community is the elaborate Victorian-style Edmiston House with its numerous dormer windows and gingerbread trim. Cane Hill was also the site of a legendary stone fort used by the Indians for council meetings. Some .local historians say the fort was built by Spanish explorers, but all traces of it disappeared after the Civil War. Cane Hill is now a quiet, rural community whose peacefulness belies its exciting past. A few historical markers note some of the town's history, but it is the local residents who keep the stories alive, recounting them as if they happened only yesterday. Somehow a trip to Cane Hill is haunting. There time stands still. ftiltmare TEUraOK 904/677-2331 P.O. Box 5, or IS? S. Atlantic Blvd. ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA 32074 jL 2ptfMM,i J SEPTl-An.30 3^ OCWI«Oirf,tH.2dU.Wi. * KEmiEW,2dbUtds." »· Jl · Twilight Surf Motel 17I3S.OCEHIIW, ·YRUE BEACH, S.C.29ST7 PHONE 803/448-63*4 "few DM Nest lirf MM t» Inlktr" PEGGY WYNOCK, Owner 1 Manager JUNE25-AUCUST3I OCEAKMNT.tH.2dblbe* SlSwfc. · DAIY MAID SERVICE ·COLOI CAM TV CHEATED POOL ·AM CONDITIONED · ELEC. HEAT «GOLF PRIVILEGES RATES BASED ON 2 ADULTS M$2f* fa* AOOmQHU KKOH ft* * MY Barbara and Smitty are devoted to your comfort! 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