It is said that a Cherokee warrior called, War Eagle was killed while trying to rescue his love. Their story is forever memorialized by the naming of the river he crossed that runs from deep in the Ozark Mountains to Beaver Lake.
Sixty years ago, an enterprising woman, Blanche Elliot started the first artisan and craft fair, called War Eagle. Now, it is sponsored by the Ozark Arts and Crafts Fair Association and is nationally recognized. Many exhibitors have revived traditional arts and crafts that were in danger of extinction, their wares limited to the Ozark region. Once hosted by Blanche in her living room, it is now on the banks of the War Eagle River and is attended by over 100,000 people each year.
The War Eagle Craft Fair is on October 18 - 20, 2018. Admission is free.
Beaver Lake Haven, can be where you begin your own enduring traditions. The drive from to the fair is only 51 minutes through scenic wooded hills and the river valley. The truss bridge that you cross, also known as the War Eagle Bridge, is on the National Register of Historic Places.