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Lakeport Plantation – Arkansas’ Last Antebellum House

December 16, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Lakeport PlantationLakeport Plantation is the last remaining, untouched antebellum home on the Mississippi River in Arkansas. It has successfully transitioned from slavery, to tenant farming, to a museum and historic site over the last 185+ years. And it’s still producing cotton.

Kentuckian Joel Johnson established Lakeport Plantation in 1831. His son, Lycurgus Johnson, took the reins in 1846. By 1856, the cotton market was providing well for southern plantation holders like Johnson. He built the large house on the property in 1859 and expanded the plantation to well over 4,000 acres by 1860. He also held 155 slaves.

The looming Civil War had other plans, however.

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Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018 – Fall Session

October 8, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018November brings three full days of bluegrass goodness to the Ozarks with the Fall session of Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018! November 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2018!

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018 is the 16th annual return of what has become an Ozarks’ tradition.

The 3-day festival takes place every year at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR. Each day sees a jam-packed schedule of first rate, bluegrass music from local and regional bands.

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival has been going strong since 2001. In fact, it grew so popular, drawing so many wonderful musicians and large crowds alike, that it is held in two sessions, spring and fall.

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Hillberry Music Festival 2018 – The Harvest Moon Music Festival 2018

September 21, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Hillberry Music Festival 2018Come out to Eureka Springs, AR for the 5th annual Hillberry Music Festival 2018! October 11th through the 14th, 2018 at “The Farm” in the Ozarks of Eureka Springs.

Hillberry Music Festival is a 4-day, annual music experience held right here in the Ozarks, just ten miles outside Eureka Springs. The festival kicks off Thursday night at 6pm and continues on into the wee hours every night through Sunday.

This years event features headliners Railroad Earth on two nights and a host of others, including Trampled By Turtles, Sam Bush, Lettuce, and The Wood Brothers.

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Helena’s King Biscuit Blues Festival 2018

September 7, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

King Biscuit Blues Festival 2018October 3rd through the 6th will see the 33rd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival take over downtown Helena, AR, for four days and five stages of great blues music and so much more!

King Biscuit Blues Festival 2018 headliners include Bobby Rush, Blackberry Smoke, Dave Mason, and Steve Cropper.

King Biscuit Time

The annual King Biscuit Blues Festival was founded in 1986 but its roots go all the way back to 1941 and the nation’s longest-running radio show.

King Biscuit Time,” still broadcast on Helena’s KFFA, debuted in 1941. The show featured live, daily performances by the “King Biscuit Entertainers:” Sonny Boy Williamson II and Robert Lockwood Jr.

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3 Days of Fun at Hope Watermelon Festival 2018!

July 13, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

2018 Hope Watermelon FestivalCome out to Hope, AR this August for the 42nd annual Hope Watermelon Festival! This year’s celebration includes the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour with Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee – plus tons more! August 9th through the 11th, 2018.

Hope Watermelon Festival has been held every August since the mid-70’s, with roots going back to the 1920’s. This beloved and historic festival serves up 3 solid days of food, music, and old-time fun.

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One of Arkansas’ Oldest Festivals – Tontitown Grape Festival!

July 9, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Tontitown Grape Festival 2018The annual Tontitown Grape Festival is one of Arkansas’ largest and oldest festivals. In fact, 2018 is Tontitown Grape Festival’s 120th anniversary! Come celebrate, August 7th through the 11th, 2018!

Tontitown Grape Festival is a tradition in Northwest Arkansas that goes all the way back to 1898. The event draws folks from all over for 3 days of spaghetti dinners, carnival rides, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and much more.

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Can You Dig It? Where To Find Quartz Crystals in Arkansas

June 18, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Where to find Quartz Crystals in ArkansasThe quality and availability of naturally occurring quartz crystals in Arkansas is rivaled only by Brazil. If you’re a fan of quartz crystals, a visit to Arkansas’ Ouchitas is most definitely in order.

Whether you love crystals or are just looking for something neat to bring home as a vacation memento, you should visit Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains. The area is known for its abundant deposits of quartz crystal. And by “deposits” I mean that, in some areas, you could once simply scoop the crystals up off the ground like so many pebbles.

Of course, by now, most those easy to scoop-up crystals are … already scooped up. Today, one has to either rely on a rock shop for crystals in Arkansas – or go mine your own. But wait. Before you invest in a headlamp and pick axe, there’s something you should know about “mining” quartz crystals in Arkansas.

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Soar To New Heights At The Arkansas Air & Military Museum

January 29, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Air & Military Museum in Fayetteville, ARAeronautics, military, and history fans alike will thrill at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum collection in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Fayetteville’s Arkansas Air & Military Museum, located at Drake Field, is housed in a piece of history, itself.

The massive, all-wood, white hangar the museum is housed in is listed on the Arkansas Registry of Historic Places. It was built during World War II, which explains why wood was used in its construction rather than steel or aluminum. The site served as the headquarters for a military aviation training post and is one of the few such buildings surviving from the 1940s.

Of course, what waits inside is even more fascinating and exciting!

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Expect The Unexpected In Fort Smith, Arkansas!

January 26, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

The Unexpected in Fort Smith, AR

This mural by Ana Maria is just one of many to be seen in Fort Smith. – image courtesy Valis55

Expect The Unexpected in Fort Smith, Arkansas! The Unexpected is an ongoing street art initiative that is bringing permanent work by internationally renowned street artists to Fort Smith.

Fort Smith, Arkansas is probably most famous for its connection to the real-life story of Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross in True Grit. That a town the size of Fort Smith would have much claim to fame at all may come as a bit of a surprise – but Fort Smith is full of surprises. It’s no hyperbole at all to say that you can definitely expect The Unexpected in Fort Smith!

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Discover the Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame!

July 22, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of FameWhat do Billy Bob Thornton, Johnny Cash, John Grisham, and Mary Steenburgen all have in common? They have all called Arkansas home! Learn about these stars and over 80 other famous sons an daughters of Arkansas with a visit to the Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame, in Pine Bluff, AR.

You might be surprised to learn just how many famous actors, singers, writers, and others in the entertainment world have lived in Arkansas. The Arkansas Entertainers Hall Of Fame has already inducted 88 famous Arkansans – and they wont be done any time soon!

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