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The "Walks Through History" program is a series of monthly outdoor walking tours that seeks to familiarize people who live and work in communities outside of central Arkansas with the historic structures and sites around them. Presented by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the tours begin at 11 a.m., unless otherwise noted, on Saturdays, and last between one and two hours. An AHPP staff historian leads the tour, delivering a brief lecture about the properties visited and their history.

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Benton County Courthouse
Benton County Courthouse

October 11, 2014 - Downtown Bentonville

Downtown Bentonville
Co-sponsored by the Benton County Historical Society.
Meet at the 1866 Bentonville Schoolhouse at 306 N. W. Second Street.
Bentonville began as a small agricultural community, greatly aided by the arrival in 1881 of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway. Although the Frisco Railway initially missed Bentonville by about six miles, the Bentonville Railroad Company soon completed a spur line to Rogers. Railroads played an important role in the success of Benton County’s fruit and poultry industries. Because it is home to Wal-Mart headquarters, Bentonville is one of the fastest growing towns in the country.

Cities Service Station and Conway Hotel
Cities Service Station and Conway Hotel

November 15, 2014 - Murfreesboro Courthouse Square

Murfreesboro Courthouse Square
Co-sponsored by the Pike County Archives & History Society.
Meet at the Pike County Archives & History Society at 112 N. Washington, Suite B, in Murfreesboro.
Located near the Little Missouri River, Murfreesboro’s rich soil was ideal for growing crops, and in 1906 John Wesley Huddleston found the first diamonds near Murfreesboro, initiating an economic boom.


Taylor House
Taylor House

December 13, 2014 - Taylor House and Cemetery

Taylor House and Cemetery
Co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Monticello and the Drew County Historical Society.
Located on Hwy. 138 near Winchester in Drew County.
The Taylor House, a two-story, log dogtrot built in 1846 on the west bank of Bayou Bartholomew by Dr. John M. Taylor and his wife, Mary E. Robertson Taylor, was the epicenter of the 11,000-acre Hollywood Plantation and in 2012 was donated to the University of Arkansas at Monticello. 

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