A New State Capitol

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A New State Capitol   Read More

Arkansas’s First Thanksgiving

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Want to know about Arkansas’s first Thanksgiving?   Read More

Featherstonhaugh Arrives in Little Rock

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

During this time in 1834, British explorer George William Featherstonhaugh (pronounced “Fanshaw”) arrives in Little Rock where he meets William Woodruff and “Colonel A*****, a clever good-looking lawyer.” Featherstonhaugh does not give the exact date of the meeting, nor does he give the Colonel’s name as Ashley, but one can safely assume he’s describing Chester Ashley. The meetings happen between November 12 and 22, 1834.  Read More

Gayle Harper at DCC

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, November 05, 2015

Travel Photographer/Author Shares 90-Day Road Trip, Keeping Pace with a Raindrop on the Mississippi  Read More

Kinsey Collection

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Impressive “Kinsey Collection” to Visit Arkansas   Read More

Did You Know? Norman Library

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, October 26, 2015

Did You Know? One of America’s smallest operating libraries is located in Norman, about 45 miles west of Hot Springs. Until it was recently dethroned, the Norman Library held the Guinness Book of World Record's “Smallest Library” title. The library is located in the center of the town square on Highway 8. It was the vision of Marie Pinkerton whose motto was: “Forward.” Pinkerton’s Garden Club obtained Works Progress Administration funds in 1939 to beautify the town square. A barbed wire fence that once lined the square was replaced with a rock wall of native stone; in addition, funds were also used to fill the square with beautiful native trees and flowers.   Read More

Mount Holly Cemetery

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cemeteries of Arkansas: Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock is often called “the Westminster Abbey of Arkansas,” a name that seems justified by the great number of individuals of significance in the fields of art, literature, religion and politics who are buried there. Eleven Arkansas governors, 13 state Supreme Court Justices, four United States senators, four Confederate generals and 21 Little Rock mayors are interred there.  Read More

Clayton House

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Historic (Haunted) Places! The Clayton House at 514 North 6th Street in Fort Smith was built in 1852 by a Mr. Sutton who abandoned the home during the Civil War for the greener pastures of Texas. After which, the house served as a Union Army hospital. William Henry Harrison Clayton purchased the home, enlarged and renovated it in the Victorian Gothic Italianate style, and moved in with his family in 1882. Clayton was appointed District Attorney of the United States for the Western District of Arkansas by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1874. He served two terms as prosecutor, during which he was “Hanging” Judge Parker's co-worker for 14 years. William Clayton’s brother was Powell Clayton who served as the ninth Governor of Arkansas, and his twin brother, John K. Clayton, was a U. S. Senator from Arkansas in 1873 (who was mysteriously assassinated after losing an election. Thanks to the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s “Arkansas’s Haunted Historic Homes,” we know some specific ghost stories to share about the Clayton House, which is now The Clayton House Museum. The museum’s executive director, Julie Moncrief, shared some stories about the house.  Read More

Mt. Hebron Cemetery

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Cemeteries of Arkansas: Mt. Hebron Cemetery is located in the small community of Colville, approximately three and half miles west of Lowell in Benton County. In addition to 252 historic marked burials and 97 non-historic marked burials, there are also 92 historic marked and unmarked burials that are undated. A large number of burials are pioneers associated with the founding of the community of Colville. The cemetery dates back to creation of the church's membership in 1872. The first marked burial belongs to Marion Clemme who died on September 11.There are two other burials for that year. The date of 1872 coincides with the warranty used for the entire property. The cemetery is rectangular in shape and lies just west of Mt. Hebron Road.   Read More

Historic Places: A.C. Jeffery Farmstead

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Historic Places: The A. C. Jeffery Farmstead was constructed in 1848 by Augustus Curran Jeffery, the son of Jehoiada Jeffery, an early pioneer settler in Izard County and founder of the town of Mt. Olive. The Jeffery family first arrived in the area September 10, 1816, when Jehoiada Jeffery, his wife Mary Weir Jeffery, and three children settled on 160 acres (on the eastern bank of the White River at the site that would later become the community of Mt. Olive) that he received for having served in the war of 1812.
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