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Arkansas Territorial Restoration Museum
200 East Third Street
Little Rock, Arkansas
Phone: 501-324-9351 --
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
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
Restoration. Our new museum center, scheduled to open in 2001, will
a great new way to experience Arkansas history. Because we are making
many changes, I wanted to send you some updated information for your
If you currently have a link to our website, please make note of the
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
Little Rock dwellings provide the setting as expert tour guides
life on the Arkansas frontier, and costumed Living History actors
early Arkansans. In early 2001, the Restoration will open a new museum
center celebrating Arkansas's cultural and material heritage with
galleries, interactive exhibits and more.
PLEASE NOTE that in spring 2001, it is extremely likely that the museum
undergo a name change. We will notify you of this and other changes as
as the information is available to us. I am also including some
along with captions, if you are able to use them on your website.
Architectural rendering of the museum's new facility, designed by Polk
Stanley Yeary Architects.
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
Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Admission & Directions:
Adults, $2; Seniors, $1; children 18 and under, 50 cents
Center (opens 2001) No
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.
- Curator and Deputy Director: Swannee Bennett.
- Registrar and Historian: Michael Lewis.
- Education Director: Starr Mitchell.
- Public Relations Director: Nancy Long.
- Development Director: Louise Terzia.
- Membership/volunteers Director: Jennie Jones.
- Gift Shop Manager: Ann Norman.
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