Historical Hike: A Walking Map of Historic Sites
or drive to any of the fifteen historic sites listed on the map.
Greenway History Hike
at the Lafayette Street Overpass one block east of Old Main, this
trail continues south with multiple points of interest, ending at an
intersection with the Tsa-La-Gi-Trail.
Museum of Ozark History
118 W. Johnson Avenue, Springdale, AR. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10
a.m.-5 p.m. 479-750-8165
regional museum provides exhibits, programs, and events on the
history of Northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks. The museum also has a
large research library and collection of photographs and other
251 E. Henri de Tonti Boulevard, Tontitown, AR. Hours: Friday-Sunday,
1 p.m.-4 p.m. 479-361-9800
Pietro Bandini, born in Italy and schooled in France, bought a plot
of land in Northwest Arkansas in the late 1890s. Around forty
Italian-American families followed Father Bandini to the area where
they established farms in what eventually became Tontitown. Grapes
became a successful cash crop, and in 1899 the farmers and their
families celebrated by holding a Grape Festival. Every year since,
the Tontitown Grape Festival is attended by locals and visitors
Den State Park
11333 West Arkansas Highway 74, West Fork, AR. Open daily 8 a.m.-8
in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), this popular state
park is known for its scenic hiking trails. The many bluffs, rock
shelters, and caves were used as hideouts for outlaws in the late
1850s, and during the Civil War, Confederate and Union forces were
both in the area.
North Highway 71, Winslow, AR. 479-634-3791. Hours: Thursday-Saturday
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday Noon-5 p.m.
the Ozark Native Craft Association, Ozark Folkways exhibits, teaches,
and markets native Ozark crafts from their 1950s era rock building
along Scenic Byway 71.
Boulevard, Winslow, AR. 479-634-3901. Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3
p.m., Saturday by appointment
started as a stagecoach stop in the mid-1800s grew into a small town
known as Summit Home. In 1882 a railroad tunnel was completed that
allowed the St. Louis-San Francisco (Frisco) Railway train depot to
open. A year earlier, the town’s name had been changed to Winslow
to honor the Frisco Railroad’s president, Edward F. Winslow. During
century, the town’s population declined, but the train tracks are
still in use.
Grove Battlefield State Park
506 East Douglas Street, Prairie Grove, AR. Open daily 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
December 7, 1862, Union forces pushed the Confederates south during
the Battle of Prairie Grove. A one-mile walking path is located where
heavy fighting occurred. Historic buildings show visitors what life
was like in a 19th
century Ozark village. There is also a driving tour CD available in
the park’s Hindman Hall museum. Across the street from the park’s
main entrance is the Prairie Grove Airlight Outdoor Telephone Booth
that is the first (and only, so far) of its kind to be listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. Downtown Prairie Grove has
historic buildings dating from the late 1800s and its main street has
become known for its antique stores and flea markets.
Country Doctor Museum
107 North Starr Avenue, Lincoln, AR. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-4
This museum displays artifacts
and documents in a former doctor’s home and clinic that tell the
story of how Arkansas’ early 20th
century physicians treated their rural patients.
Cane Hill Museum
14335 South Highway 45, Cane Hill, AR. 479-824-4455. Hours:
Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
in a 1940s building that was used as a grocery store on its main
street, the museum includes exhibits showcasing the long history of
Cane Hill beginning in the early 1800s. Other historic buildings on
and around main street include several other businesses, four
historic homes, the Methodist manse, and the newly restored Cane Hill
College, which was the first college started in Arkansas and was
established by Cumberland Presbyterians in 1834.