Business and Industry


Business and industry both played an important role in shaping the history of Northwest Arkansas. These podcasts collect the history of these businesses to record how they impacted the Ozarks then and now. 

Arkansas Apple Roots

In this Business & Industry podcast, Roy Rom, emeritus professor of horticulture at the University of Arkansas, and owner of Rom Family Orchard in Fayetteville, discusses the history of apple production in Arkansas. Recorded August 17, 2011.

The Rebirth of War Eagle Mill

Zoe Medlin Caywood shares stories from her thirty-plus years as owner-operator of War Eagle Mill in Benton County, Arkansas. In 1973, Caywood and her parents, Jewell and Leta Medlin, rebuilt the mill. It was the fourth War Eagle Mill to be built on the site along the banks of the War Eagle River. Recorded September 16, 2015.