Walks Through History
The “Walks through History” tour series features historic sites or districts around Arkansas each month. The tours are organized by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. All tours are held on Saturdays and begin at 11:00 a.m., unless otherwise indicated, and last between one and two hours. An AHPP historian delivers a lecture about the properties while leading guests on a walking tour. All tours are free and open to the public.
WALKS THROUGH HISTORY SCHEDULE
April 11, 2015 - West Memphis Commercial Historic District
West Memphis Commercial Historic District. **Tour begins at 1:30 p.m. to coordinate with Arkansas Historical Association Conference. Begin at Mid-South Community College, 2000 W. Broadway Avenue, West Memphis. Co-sponsored by Main Street West Memphis. West Memphis experienced significant growth after 1917, when the first automobile lanes opened on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River, transforming Broadway Avenue into a U.S. Highway. Most historic buildings along Broadway were constructed between 1930 and 1950, reflecting the town’s prominence in the auto era.
May 16, 2015 - Downtown Berryville
Downtown Berryville. Begin at the Carroll County Courthouse, Eastern District, west side of Public Square, Berryville. Co-sponsored by the Carroll County Historical Society. Named for early resident and town co-founder Blackburn Henderson Berry, Berryville became a trading and educational center for the area’s subsistence farmers. In 1875 the Carroll County seat was moved to Berryville. The 1880 courthouse, enlarged in 1905 to ensure Berryville’s position as county seat, faces the public square.
June 13, 2015 - Marianna Commercial Historic District
Marianna Commercial Historic District. Begin at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, southwest corner of W. Main and S. Church streets, Marianna. Co-sponsored by the Marianna/Lee County Chamber of Commerce and The Gladlands. Located along the L'Anguille River, the Lee County seat of Marianna was home to thriving timber and cotton industries at the turn of the 20th century. Court Square Park is a focal point of the district. Public, institutional and commercial buildings are located in downtown Marianna, providing a rich architectural heritage.