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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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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.

West Memphis City Hall
West Memphis City Hall

April 11, 2015 - West Memphis Commercial Historic District

West Memphis Commercial Historic District
**Tour begins at 1:30 p.m. to coordinate with Arkansas Historical Association Conference.
Begin at Mid-South Community College, 2000 W. Broadway Avenue, West Memphis. Co-sponsored by Main Street West Memphis.
West Memphis experienced significant growth after 1917, when the first automobile lanes opened on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River, transforming Broadway Avenue into a U.S. Highway. Most historic buildings along Broadway were constructed between 1930 and 1950, reflecting the town’s prominence in the auto era.

Carroll County Courthouse, Berryville
Carroll County Courthouse, Berryville

May 16, 2015 - Downtown Berryville

Downtown Berryville
Begin at the Carroll County Courthouse, Eastern District, west side of Public Square, Berryville. Co-sponsored by the Carroll County Historical Society.
Named for early resident and town co-founder Blackburn Henderson Berry, Berryville became a trading and educational center for the area’s subsistence farmers. In 1875 the Carroll County seat was moved to Berryville. The 1880 courthouse, enlarged in 1905 to ensure Berryville’s position as county seat, faces the public square.

Lee County Courthouse, Marianna
Lee County Courthouse, Marianna

June 13, 2015 - Marianna Commercial Historic District

Marianna Commercial Historic District
Begin at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center, southwest corner of W. Main and S. Church streets, Marianna. Co-sponsored by the Marianna/Lee County Chamber of Commerce and The Gladlands.
Located along the L'Anguille River, the Lee County seat of Marianna was home to thriving timber and cotton industries at the turn of the 20th century. Court Square Park is a focal point of the district. Public, institutional and commercial buildings are located in downtown Marianna, providing a rich architectural heritage.




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