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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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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 off Hwy. 138 near Winchester in Drew County.
The Taylor House was built in 1846 by Dr. John Taylor and his wife, Mary Robertson Taylor. The two-story, dogtrot-style house is on the west bank of Bayou Bartholomew. It was the hub of the 11,000-acre Hollywood Plantation. In 2012 the Taylor House was donated to the University of Arkansas at Monticello and will be used to interpret the history of one of Arkansas’s earliest major cotton plantations. 

Saline County Courthouse, Benton
Saline County Courthouse, Benton

March 21, 2015 - Benton Commercial Historic District

Benton Commercial Historic District
Begin at the Saline County Courthouse, 200 N. Main Street, Benton.
Co-sponsored by the Saline County Library and the Saline County History and Heritage Society.
Anchored by the 1902 Charles Thompson-designed Saline County Courthouse, the district includes commercial-style buildings constructed during the early twentieth century, when Benton prospered due to the county’s abundance of natural resources like timber, clay and bauxite.

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