Jacob Wolf House Prepares for Summer Season

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

As the summer vacation season approaches, the Jacob Wolf House Historic Site in Norfork announces its summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with self-guided tours available on weekends.

The Jacob Wolf House Historic Site preserves, protects and promotes Arkansas’s oldest public structure and interprets the cultural and historical significance of this Ozark region. The two-story log dog-trot structure was built in 1829 as the first permanent courthouse for Izard County in Arkansas Territory. The Wolf House sits above the confluence of the White and Norfork rivers in present-day Norfork in Baxter County. John P. Houston, brother of Sam Houston, served as a county clerk in this courthouse. People from the surrounding area would set up temporary quarters on the grounds, socializing and participating in their favorite activities while court was in session. The two-story dogtrot served thousands of early settlers finding their way into the central highlands of north Arkansas. It was used as a river port, center of trade and as a seat of justice.

The Wolf House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

The Department of Arkansas Heritage acquired the Jacob Wolf House Historic Site from the Baxter County Quorum Court in early 2017.New site improvements will enhance the visitor's experience through restoration work to the historic structures, renovations to support facilities, new exhibits and public programs. The Wolf House will be restored to a time that reflects its importance as a Territorial Courthouse. Comprehensive interpretive themes tied to the historic site are the Early Arkansas Frontier, Native American Culture, River Travel and Trade, Territorial Politics, Early Statehood, Slavery in the Ozarks and the Civil War. The time-line for interpretation will be 1829–1863.

The historic structures at the Jacob Wolf House Historic Site are not available for rent or generally for special use. The historic structures are only open for tours by the on-site staff during open hours. Any special use of the property must have prior approval from the site manager, who can be contacted at (870) 499-0556.

To learn more and to see the site’s rules and regulations, visit or call (870) 499-0556.

The Jacob Wolf House Historic Site is part of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage division responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving cultural resources. Other divisions are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.

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