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 

  • September 10: Main Street Eureka Springs  
  • October 15: Kensett (White County) 
  • November 12: Downtown Brinkley
  • December 10: Selma Methodist Church and Selma Rosenwald School (Drew County)  

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Main Street in Eureka Springs | September 10, 2016

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The town of Eureka Springs was founded in 1879. The area featured 62 springs, which were touted as having medicinal properties, encouraging population growth through the 19th century. The natural beauty of the town, the springs and the completion of a railroad connection made it a tourist destination. In 1883, the town was named as one of two county seats in Carroll County, sharing duties with the town of Berryville. Multiple fires destroyed many of the older frame buildings of the town resulting in the distinctive stone and brick storefronts and hotels of Eureka Springs’ Main Street. Even though Eureka Springs suffered some economic setbacks at the turn of the century, its historic building stock retained its integrity. For that reason the historic and commercial areas of Eureka Springs were listed as a National Register Historic District in 1970. Today Eureka Springs is once again a major tourist mecca revolving around the springs and its intact architecture.
The free tour begins at 11 a.m. at the 1908 Carroll County Courthouse, Western District at 44 S Main, Eureka Springs, and will last about two hours. Parking is metered on-street or in pay-lots on Main Street. The event is co-sponsored by Main Street Eureka Springs.

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Kensett (White County) | October 15, 2016

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Downtown Brinkley | November 12, 2016

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Selma Methodist Church and Selma Rosenwald School (Drew County) | December 10, 2016

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