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WALKS THROUGH HISTORY SCHEDULE

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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Fredonia Cemetery Historic Section
Fredonia Cemetery Historic Section

May 10, 2014 - Fredonia Cemetery Historic Section

Fredonia Cemetery Historic Section
Co-sponsored by the White County Historical Society.
Located on Fredonia Road about six miles northwest of Bald Knob in the Stevens Creek vicinity.
The Fredonia Cemetery Historic Section contains the graves of early settlers in the Stevens Creek community (later called Holly Grove) and is the only remaining resource associated with the Fredonia Methodist Church and School and the Fredonia Masonic Lodge #229. The first marked burial in the cemetery dates to 1870, but records indicate that the land was already in use as a cemetery in 1839. Fredonia Cemetery’s historic section might be the oldest pioneer graveyard in White County.

Moose Addition Historic District
Moose Addition Historic District

June 14, 2014 - Moose Addition Historic District

Moose Addition Historic District
Co-sponsored by the Morrilton Historic District Commission.
Meet at the Morrilton Depot Museum at 101 E. Railroad Avenue.
Named for early settler and landowner James Miles Moose, the Moose Addition Historic District contains residences built between 1881 and 1960 in a variety of architectural styles popular during that period. The oldest home in the district is the G. L. Cunningham House, built in 1881 in the Queen Anne style. However, most buildings in the district were constructed between 1925 and 1945 and were designed in the Craftsman, Period Revival, and Plain/Traditional styles.

McCrory Commercial Historic District
McCrory Commercial Historic District

July 19, 2014 - McCrory Commercial Historic District

McCrory Commercial Historic District
Co-sponsored by the Woodruff County Historical Society.
Meet at Raney Park at Second & Jackson streets.
The buildings in the McCrory Commercial Historic District reflect early twentieth century growth and prosperity in the Woodruff County town, which was platted along the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad.

Franklin County Courthouse, Ozark
Franklin County Courthouse, Ozark

August 9, 2014 - Ozark Courthouse Square Historic District

Ozark Courthouse Square Historic District
Co-sponsored by Main Street Ozark.
Meet at the Franklin County Courthouse at 211 W. Commercial Street.
Ozark, which took its name from the French words “Aux Arc” in reference to a large bend in the Arkansas River near the town site, prospered because of its proximity to river and rail transportation and boasts several historic buildings constructed with native limestone.

Missouri Pacific Depot, McGehee
Missouri Pacific Depot, McGehee

September 13, 2014 - Downtown McGehee

Downtown McGehee
Co-sponsored by the Desha County Historical Society.
Meet at the Missouri Pacific Depot at 100 S. Railroad Street.
This southeast Arkansas town grew quickly after 1905, when the Missouri Pacific Railroad established a division point there, and retains several of its historic downtown buildings, including the Missouri Pacific Depot, Van Noy Eating House, McGehee Post Office, and McGehee City Jail.

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 of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway and is now home to Wal-Mart, Inc., the world’s largest retailer, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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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