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Improvements to begin at Jacob Wolf House

Arkansas Historic Preservation Program - Thursday, October 04, 2018 2018 - Thursday, October 04, 2018 Storyline - Thursday, October 04, 2018

The Jacob Wolf House Historic Site in Norfork will be seeing some major improvements over the next several months.

Grant funding from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council will enable:

  • Restoration work to the territorial courthouse and John Wolf cabin
  • Renovation of an older support facility to be used as a temporary visitor center
  • new parking lot overlays
  • An ADA compliant walkway from the parking lot to the courthouse
  • New split-rail fencing bordering the property
  • Renovation to the on-site boardwalk overlooking the White River valley
  • New lighting and security systems
  • New and improved signage.

The territorial courthouse served what was then Izard County as a seat of justice from 1829–1835. It served as the Wolf family home from 1835–1863. The Jacob Wolf House Historic Site is the oldest public structure in Arkansas and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The National Park Service documented in 2013 that it is the last remaining two-story dog-trot public structure in the United States.

After site improvements and development are complete in 2019, the historic site will be more operationally complete. Plans are to advertise weekly programs, tours, demonstrations of frontier life-ways, and conduct living history programs.