The Fayetteville square is known for its beautiful gardens and Farmer's Market that runs three days a week beginning in spring and ending in early autumn. Just blocks away, Dickson Street is the hip place for unique shops, dining locales, and tons of live music venues. Completing the scene are the symphony concerts at the Walton Arts Center, which also brings Broadway shows, drama, and dance to the city's entertainment district. Fayetteville is also rich in Civil War history with the National and Confederate cemeteries and Headquarters House.
Heritage trails running through Fayetteville include the Trail of Tears, Civil War troop movement, and Butterfield Overland Mail Co. Stagecoach route. A Trail of Tears monument is located on Ark. 62 near the University of Arkansas. Homes still stand that Civil War troops passed by - the most well known being the Tebbetts House. Built about 1852, the house still stands and is known as the Headquarters House because it was used by both the Confederate and Union armies. Today it is the headquarters for the Washington County Historical Society. A marker in front of the old Washington County Courthouse commemorates the Butterfield Overland Trail. The courthouse sits on the grounds of what was once the Butterfield Stables. These sites and many others in the city are now part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System.
Hiking and mountain bike trails are abundant within Fayetteville, Arkansas and surrounding Ozark region, including Lake Wedington, White Rock Recreation Area, Ozark Highlands Trail and Devil's Den State Park. Outdoor enthusiasts also enjoy nearby camping, horseback riding and caving opportunities. Rivers in the area that are popular for fishing and floating are the White, Kings and Mulberry.
Home to the University of Arkansas, the state's major research and flagship education institution, and located off of Interstate 540, Fayetteville, AR is 58 miles from Eureka Springs, 60 miles from the Buffalo National River, and 63 miles from Fort Smith.
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A great place to catch a ride on the Arkansas and Missouri Railroad in a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century passenger car, downtown Springdale is also home to the Shiloh Museum, which offers Ozark history and buildings dating back to the 1850s.
Present-day Springdale was in the 1850s a small community named Shiloh. The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History has interpretive programs and historical exhibits about the region. Back in the 1800s on the northeast side of Springdale was John Fitzgerald’s station and stable. It served as a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail Co. Stagecoach route. This native stone barn still stands today and can be viewed when driving along Ark. 265. The Butterfield Overland trail is part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System, a statewide system of historic trails that not only educate residents and promote state history, but also encourages cultural and heritage tourism.
Two other elements identify the essence of Springdale - the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks, held in July, and the award-winning, world-famous AQ Chicken House restaurant. It opened on July 20, 1947, and has become family tradition. Signaling the growth of the city is Ozark Center Point Place near Interstate 540. This 269,500-square-foot outlet mall contains over 30 specialty and discount stores of popular name-brand goods.
Springdale too lays claim to the treasure of nearby Beaver Lake for outdoor activities and is close to numerous rivers popular with canoeists, including the Mulberry, Kings and Buffalo. Hiking, caving, and camping is available at nearby Devil's Den State Park and Withrow Springs State Park, both less than one hour away.
The city is about 22 miles from Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, and 41 miles from Eureka Springs.
Brick-paved streets lead to old-fashioned store fronts filled with unique furniture, antiques and gifts, cafes, jewelry and business offices in the historic downtown of Rogers, which encompasses about eight square blocks. The Daisy International Air Museum, home to the world's largest collection of antique airguns, and the Rogers Historical Museum are also located here. More contemporary and cosmopolitan shopping abounds near Interstate 540 at Scottsdale Center and at Village on the Creeks.
Rogers has a marker that indicates where a relay station once stood for the Butterfield Overland Mail Co. Stagecoach route. Rogers wasn’t an official town at the time, but a place called Callahan’s Tavern was located in the general area that is now the historic downtown and it served as a designated stop for the stagecoach. The first westbound coach stopped at Callaghan’s Station on September 18, 1858, a Saturday morning. The Butterfield Overland trail is part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System, a statewide system of historic trails that not only educate residents and promote state history, but also encourages cultural and heritage tourism.
Outdoor opportunities abound, too, in Rogers. Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area on Beaver Lake is just minutes from downtown Rogers. At 30,000 acres, Beaver Lake offers top-notch fishing, particularly for striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, bream and catfish. Popular water sports include boating, water skiing, scuba diving and swimming. Also, Rogers is seven miles from War Eagle, home to one of the finest crafts fairs in the country, 34 miles from Eureka Springs, and about 67 miles from the Buffalo National River.
The small-town feel of Bentonville belies the corporate energy of the international headquarters of Wal-Mart’s Stores Inc. located near the heart of the city.
The City of Bentonville was established in 1837 with a population of 30 and incorporated in 1873 with a population of 500. Today, Bentonville is home to about 34,000 people and is visited by hundreds of vendors to Wal-Mart, which was founded by Sam Walton.
Established in 1836 as the first county seat in the state of Arkansas, Bentonville has maintained the historic character of the town. Within the city limits, there are 72 historical buildings and homes, including the 1875 Peel House Mansion and Historical Gardens. Within Benton County, there are 140 Civil War sites.
The Bentonville town square embraces a Civil War statue, benches, fountain, and beautiful gardens surrounded by quaint shops. The 1928 Benton County Courthouse is a three-story neo-classical structure designed by A.O. Clark. During the Civil War, all but 12 of the buildings downtown were burned. Therefore, the main business buildings around the square were constructed between 1875 and 1888. A main attraction on the square is the Wal-Mart Visitors Center. The center is housed in Sam Walton's original variety store, which now traces the origin and growth of Wal-Mart. The center was created as an educational and informative facility about this American retailing success story.
The Walton family has had a substantial impact on this town. Founded by Alice Walton on 100 acres of land donated from the Walton Family, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is currently under construction. The museum is envisioned as a premier art institution dedicated to American art and artists, learning and community gatherings. The main pavilions will house a permanent collection of American art masterworks from the colonial era to modern day, and touring collections from national art institutions. Visitors will be able to enjoy the collection within the state-of-the-art galleries and throughout the surrounding park. A dynamic temporary exhibitions program will complement the holdings of the permanent collection and exemplify the diversity of American artists. The museum takes its name from a natural spring on the museum’s wooded site as well as the unique glass-and-wood building design created by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. An innovative building design – reflective of its forested creek-side home and linked by landscaped trails and paths connecting area neighborhoods – will capture the interplay of nature, art and culture in the region. The museum property and grounds are within walking distance of the Bentonville town square. The museum is expected to open in 2010. Until that time, Crystal Bridges at the Massey on the square allows visitors to follow the construction and development of Crystal Bridges. It features the latest architectural renderings, models and photographs detailing the progress of the project and showcases touring exhibitions.
Other popular locales to visit are the Compton Gardens and The Museum of Native American Artifacts. The gardens are located at the former home of Dr. Neil Compton, who spearheaded the effort to protect the Buffalo River. The gardens showcase 6.5 acres of native woodland plants, walking trails and prairie. Three Arkansas Champion Trees are on the site. It is open to public daily from dawn to dusk, and also serves as an event facility and conference center. Located one block north of the downtown square, a multi-use bike trail starts behind the gardens and runs along a ridge overlooking Crystal Bridges. This one-half mile, hard surface trail links to the larger city trail system.
The Museum of Native American Artifacts features artifacts from the private collection of founder David Bogle along with 47 items from the former University of Arkansas Museum. Nine rare pots in the shapes of a head or body are among the pieces on display. The 5,000-square-foot space is west of the downtown.
Mountain bikers are drawn to the 5.18-mile Slaughter Pen Mountain Bike Trail. Bentonville is situated in the Ozark Mountain region near lakes, state parks, and numerous outdoor opportunities. Water sports and camping are popular at nearby Beaver Lake. There's a combination of five more public and private golf courses in Benton County.
In the northwest corner of the state, Bentonville is adjacent to Rogers and Bella Vista, and is 30 miles from Fayetteville. It is five miles from Pea Ridge National Military Park, 19 miles from Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, and 38 miles from Eureka Springs.