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Site improvement projects at the Jacob Wolf House

Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), announced today that site improvement projects at the Jacob Wolf House Historic Site in Norfork are scheduled to begin on Jan. 7. The Wolf House is the oldest public structure in Arkansas. It first served Izard County as a territorial courthouse from 1829-1835, then later served as the Wolf family home from 1835-1863. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Specific projects will include new restoration work to the territorial courthouse and John Wolf cabin, renovation to an older support facility to be used as a temporary visitor center, new parking lot overlays, a new ADA compliant walkway, new split-rail fencing bordering the property, renovation to the on-site boardwalk overlooking the White River valley, new lighting and security systems and new signage. Projects are scheduled to be complete in the spring. Work will be funded with a $292,500 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC), which funds projects for the acquisition, management and stewardship of state-owned properties.

“This work will make the site even more enjoyable for our visitors,” said Hurst. “We will be able to present weekly programs, tours and demonstrations of frontier life-ways, as well as conduct living history programs. Visitors can experience what life was like in early Arkansas.”

Site design work is under the direction of Jameson Architects, and the contractor for the site work will be Jones Consulting, Inc.

The Jacob Wolf House Historic Site was acquired from the Baxter County Quorum Court in March 2017. The property is owned by DAH and managed within the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) – a division of DAH.

The site is managed by Marlon Mowdy, (870) 499-0556, [email protected], who is on site Monday through Friday. The site will remain open, but visitors need to use caution while visiting the site during construction.

For more information, visit www.jacobwolfhouse.com or on Facebook at jacobwolfhouse.