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. The Walks Through History tours are co-sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council.

Walks Through History Schedule 

  • December 9: El Dorado Historic Downtown
  • March 10: Mount Nord Historic District, Fayetteville.  
  • April 14: Columbia Street, Helena-West Helena. 
  • May 12: Downtown Beebe.  
  • September 15: Downtown Osceola.  
  • October 13: Heber Springs Commercial Historic District. . 
  • November 10: Magnolia Commercial Historic District 

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Mount Nord Historic District, Fayetteville/March 10, 2018

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Mount Nord Historic District, Fayetteville. Occupying a single hilltop block in Fayetteville, the Mount Nord Historic District features five buildings that record American “high-style” tastes in the early twentieth century. With construction dates ranging from around 1901 to 1925, the houses reflect the Classical Revival, Colonial Revival, Italianate and Beaux Arts styles of architecture. Beginning at the corner of West Mount Nord Street and North Mock Avenue. Co-sponsored by Washington County Historical Society.

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Columbia Street, Helena-West Helena/April 14, 2018

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Columbia Street, Helena-West Helena. The Columiba Street area includes some of Helena’s most interesting buildings, ranging from the Charles Eames-designed St. Mary’s Catholic Church to the antebellum Moore-Hornor House to Centennial Baptist Church, the National Historic Landmark associated with African American minister Dr. Elias Camp Morris. Begin at Old Helena High School, Biscoe and Arkansas Street. Co-sponsored by Main Street Helena.

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Downtown Beebe/May 12, 2018

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Downtown Beebe. The tour will explore Beebe’s historic commercial corridor and discuss the history and architecture that helped shape this town, including the ca. 1880 Staggs-Huffacker Building and the 1910 Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot. Beebe grew up along the railroad and much of its early history is tied to these tracks that still run through town perpendicular to Main Street. Beginning at the corner of North Main Street and West Illinois Street. Co-sponsored by the White County Historical Society.

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Downtown Osceola/September 15, 2018

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Downtown Osceola. Osceola’s commercial downtown area, which includes the Hale Avenue Historic District and six buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains examples of several architectural styles that reflect the great prosperity this Delta town experienced in the early twentieth century. Beginning at the Mississippi County Courthouse in Osceola on the courthouse square. Co-sponsored by the Mississippi County Historical Society and Mississippi County Museum.

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Heber Springs Commercial Historic District

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Heber Springs Commercial Historic District. This tour will investigate the buildings constructed between 1895 and 1959 that make up the historic commercial core of this quaint town. Heber Springs is a popular area for tourists and the downtown area creates a unique environment for visitors, who can enjoy architectural styles ranging from the Classical Revival to twentieth-century commercial designs. Beginning in front of the Cleburne County Courthouse. Co-sponsored by Cleburne County Library and Downtown Network Heber Springs.

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Magnolia Commercial Historic District/November 10, 2018

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Magnolia Commercial Historic District. This south Arkansas town has a lively historic downtown with buildings constructed between 1899 and 1958 and exhibiting a variety of architectural styles ranging from Victorian-era revival styles to the Art Deco, as well as the impressive courthouse designed by W.W. Hall in 1905. Beginning at the Columbia County Courthouse. Co-sponsored by the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce.

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