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Arkansas Territorial Restoration Museum

200 East Third Street
Little Rock, Arkansas

Phone: 501-324-9351 --
TTY: 501-324-9811

Statement of Purpose:

This history and historic site museum exists to communicate the early history of Arkansas and its creative legacy. Its focus is four restored antebellum houses on an enclosed half-block in downtown Little Rock, and its fine collection of 19th-century objects made and used in Arkansas, including the decorative and fine arts.

Highlights & Collections:

The Arkansas Territorial Restoration is an enclosed half-block in downtown Little Rock containing four restored early 19th-century houses and their outbuildings. The Hinderliter Grog Shop, built in the late 1820s, is Little Rock's oldest building. The Brownlee and McVicar Houses were built by Scottish stonemasons who worked on Arkansas's nearby Old State House (Clinton's election night backdrop).

The reconstructed 1824 Woodruff Print Shop, on the site where William Woodruff published the Arkansas Gazette (the first newspaper west of the Mississippi River), contains a working replica of the Ramage printing press Woodruff brought up the Arkansas River on a raft in 1819.

The museum's Reception Center contains two exhibit galleries and the gift shop selling Arkansas-made crafts, music, and cookbooks

. The Living History program features actors portraying original residents of the houses and composite characters based on historical research. Each day's guided tours feature at least one living history performance.

The premier repository for 19th-century decorative and fine arts made and/or used in Arkansas, this museum also has a splendid collection of mechanical and utilitarian objects including firearms and bowie knives.


We are going through some exciting changes here at the Arkansas Territorial

Restoration. Our new museum center, scheduled to open in 2001, will provide

a great new way to experience Arkansas history. Because we are making so

many changes, I wanted to send you some updated information for your website


If you currently have a link to our website, please make note of the new

site: Our email information line is:

Here is an updated description of the Restoration:

Visit the state's oldest neighborhood where medicine came from the herb

garden and the newspaper was printed on a hand-operated press. Four original

Little Rock dwellings provide the setting as expert tour guides describe

life on the Arkansas frontier, and costumed Living History actors portray

early Arkansans. In early 2001, the Restoration will open a new museum

center celebrating Arkansas's cultural and material heritage with full-scale

galleries, interactive exhibits and more.

PLEASE NOTE that in spring 2001, it is extremely likely that the museum will

undergo a name change. We will notify you of this and other changes as soon

as the information is available to us. I am also including some pictures,

along with captions, if you are able to use them on your website.

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Architectural rendering of the museum's new facility, designed by Polk Stanley Yeary Architects.



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Curtis Tate, director of the Arkansas Territorial Restoration's award-winning living history program, also participates in the program as an actor. Here he plays Luther, a composite character representing slaves of early Little Rock.




Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.


Admission & Directions:

Historic Grounds Tour           

Adults, $2; Seniors, $1; children 18 and under, 50 cents
Museum Center (opens 2001)      No Charge

Directions: From I-30, take exit 141-A (the Cantrell/Markham exit) in downtown Little Rock. The Markham branch sets you down on Second Street with the museum's Plum Bayou Log House in front of you. Drive past the Log House on your right and take a right at the next block, then an immediate right into the parking lot just beyond the Log House.


Key Personnel:

William B. Worthen, Director & C.E.O.

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