Arkansas State University Heritage Sites
Arkansas Heritage Sites: This office at Arkansas State University develops and operates historic properties of regional and national significance in the Arkansas Delta. These sites provide educational resources for formal and informal learning, including serving as living laboratories for students in the University’s Heritage Studies Ph.D. program. In addition, they serve as economic catalysts in communities where they are located by attracting heritage tourists from around the world.
Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash, Dyess, AR: Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash-The Dyess Colony was created in 1934 aspart of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to aid in the nation’s economic recovery from the Great Depression. As a federal agricultural resettlement community, it provided a fresh start for nearly 500 impoverished Arkansas farm families, including the family of music legend Johnny Cash. The Colony is being resurrected through restoration of several historic buildings, including the Dyess Colony Administration Building and the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home.
Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Arkansas includes a barn studio associated with Ernest Hemingway and the family home of his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. Pauline’s parents, Paul and Mary Pfeiffer, were prominent citizens of Northeast Arkansas and owned more than 60,000 acres of land. During the 1930s the barn was converted to a studio to give Hemingway privacy for writing while visiting Piggott. Portions of one of his most famous novels, A Farewell to Arms, and several short stories were written in this studio. Both the home and the barn studio were named to the National Historic Register in 1982. The properties have been renovated, focusing on the 1930s era. Areas of emphasis for the Museum and Educational Center include literature of the period, 1930s world events, agriculture, family lifestyles and relationships, and development of Northeast Arkansas during the Depression and New Deal eras.
Southern Tenant Farmers Museum
During the 1930s, this building housed the dry cleaning business of H. L. Mitchell and the service station of Clay East, two organizers of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in 1934. Their building served as the unofficial headquarters for the union until offices were moved to Memphis for safety. The Museum also includes the adjacent historic Tyronza Bank building. The restored site focuses on the farm labor movement in the South and the tenant farming and sharecropping system of agriculture.
Rohwer Japanese American Relocation Center, Rohwer, AR: Between 1942 and 1945, up to 8,000 Japanese Americans were interned at Rohwer—a 500-acre camp surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards. Today all that remains is a cemetery and the smokestack from the camp’s hospital. Though most physical evidence has been wiped from the landscape, important stories remain to be shared. The Arkansas Heritage Sites office has installed interpretive exhibits along the gravel road adjacent to the cemetery.
WWII Japanese American Internment Museum, McGehee, AR: The museum is located at 100 South Railroad Street in the renovated south building of the McGehee Railroad Depot. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sunday and Monday visits are also possible. Please contact the museum for details.) For additional information, please contact the museum directly during business hours at (870) 222-9168.
Lake Village / Greenville Websites
Lake Village Chamber of Commerce: Resources for your trip to Lake Village. The site includes chamber businesses and activities associated with annual Fall Fest, held every October.
Guachoya Arts Center: The mission of Guachoya Cultural Art Center is to encourage the preservation, promotion and presentation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Southeast Arkansas Delta.
J. Austin White Cultural Center: Located in Eudora, the J. Austin White Cultural Center provides exposure to music, art, theater and other activities to the children and youth of Southeast Arkansas.
Lake Chicot State Park: Lake Chicot State Park is located at the north end of Arkansas’s largest natural lake, Lake Chicot. Cut off centuries ago from the main channel when the Mississippi River changed course, this 20-mile long oxbow lake is a peaceful setting for fishing, boating, and bird watching. Nestled in a pecan grove, the park offers 122 campsites, 14 cabins with kitchens, a swimming pool, picnicking, standard screened pavilions, laundry and playground. The store/marina offers food, gifts, fuel and bait for sale. The visitor center features interpretive exhibits that tell of the area’s history and natural resources.
Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau: Resources for your trip to the Greenville, Mississippi. The site has listings for museums, lodging, historic sites, and restaurants.
Winterville Indian Mounds and Museum: Winterville Mounds is a 42-acre site near Greenville, Mississippi operated by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. It features 12 prehistoric Native American mounds, two large plazas, and a museum. Winterville Mounds, named for a nearby community, is the site of a prehistoric ceremonial center built by a Native American civilization that thrived from about A.D. 1000 to 1450. The mounds, part of the Winterville society’s religious system, were the site of sacred structures and ceremonies.
Greenville Cypress Preserve Trust: Greenville Cypress preserve is a sixteen acre tract of land that protects three stands of ancient Cypress trees in sloughs, a block of mixed woodland and a meadow opening. There is an open pavilion and walking trail on sight. The trail goes through the open meadow and over the slough and through the mixed woodlands, with an observation deck and signage.
Greenville Arts Council: The Greenville Arts Council, a nonprofit organization, works to promote the arts in Washington County, Mississippi. Located in the former E. E. Bass Junior High Schoo, GAC exhibits local, regional, and national artists in the Roger D. Malkin Gallery, holds art classes and workshops for all ages, and is the home of the 1901 Armitage Herschell Carousel.
Main Street Greenville: Main Street Greenville promotes events and quality of life issues in Greenville. Events sponsored by Main Street include the Annual Delta Dragon Boat Regatta, Greenville Farmer’s Market, and the Delta Hot Tamale Festival.
Doe’s Eat Place: Started in 1941, Doe’s Eat Place still serves its famous steaks and tamales in its original location near downtown Greenville.
Arkansas Delta Byways: This website provides information on attractions, restaurants, lodging, and shopping in the 15-county Eastern Arkansas region known as Arkansas Delta Byways. The region features two National Scenic Byways: Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Arkansas segment of the ten-state Great River Road.
Arkansas–The Natural State: Information on attractions, festivals and events throughout Arkansas can be found on this official website of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission: Hunting and fishing enthusiasts will find information here on licenses and permits, hunting seasons, and boating information. The Game and Fish Commission also operates education and nature centers around the state.
Department of Arkansas Heritage: This department’s mission is to identify Arkansas’s heritage and enhance the quality of life by discovering, preserving, and presenting the state’s cultural, historic and natural resources. Programs include the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Main Street Arkansas, Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, Old Statehouse Museum, and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
Preserve Arkansas: This is the only statewide nonprofit organization focused on preserving Arkansas’s architectural and cultural resources. The mission of Preserve Arkansas is to educate, advocate and assist preservation efforts across the state.
Arkansas State University Museum: Located on the Jonesboro campus, the Arkansas State University Museum serves both the university and the general public and provides opportunities for lifelong learning. The museum focuses on the natural history and cultural heritage of Northeast Arkansas and the Mississippi River Delta region. Part of the Arkansas Discovery Network, it is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
I Drive Arkansas: This Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department website provides information for travelers related to construction areas, live traffic conditions, and weather conditions, along with locations of Welcome Centers and rest areas.
Other Preservation Resources
National Trust for Historic Preservation: The National Trust provides preservation information, education, and technical support to help people protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them.
Other Tourism Resources
The Great River Road: This ten-state route along both sides of the Mississippi River, from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, provides an opportunity for motorists to experience the natural and cultural heritage shaped by the nation’s mightiest river. Designated a National Scenic Byway, this collection of roads and highways is considered one of the best scenic drives in America.
Mississippi River Trail: This trail offers approximately 3,000 miles of on-road bikeways and pedestrian and bicycle pathways for the recreational enjoyment, health, conservation and tourism development of river communities. This website enables you to order a guidebook for the best cycling maps and trip planning information.
National Scenic Byways: America’s Byways® is the umbrella term used for the collection of 150 distinct and diverse National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Eastern Arkansas contains two of these National Scenic Byways: the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Arkansas portion of The Great River Road.
Resources for Educators:
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies: Education Resources from the Butler Center including lesson plans.
TheHomeSchoolMom.com: Guide to online home school resources.