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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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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.
Located in southeast Arkansas, McGehee traces its origin to 1878, when the Little Rock, Mississippi River & Texas Railway intersected at the present town site. Abner McGehee, son of early settler Benjamin McGehee, owned land around the railroad and in the late 1870s opened a commissary and cotton gin. A post office was established, and in 1879 McGehee became the first postmaster. The settlement grew, incorporating in 1906. Agriculture has always been important to McGehee’s economy, and cotton continues to be the main crop.

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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