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An important stop on the Southwest Trail, James Bowie, Sam Houston, and Davy Crockett famously traveled through here. James Black, a local blacksmith, actually forged the legendary Bowie knife. From 1863-1865, it served as the Confederate capital of Arkansas. The 1874 Courthouse serves as the park visitor center. Start there, and continue to the Blacksmith Shop, Weapons Museum, Print… Read More
The Clayton House provides a step back to 1882, the year William Henry Harrison Clayton moved his family into the antebellum home that he doubled in size and shaped into an Italianate-style masterpiece. Coal-burning fireplaces and period furnishings in each room place you in a time that featured no indoor plumbing or electricity, but that was rich with austerity. Read More
Peter McCollum built the McCollum-Chidester House in Camden, Arkansas in 1847. It was one of the first homes in the area to be built with plastered walls, carpeting, wallpaper, and an iron cook-stove. It was also the first planned lumber home in the area. McCollum sold the house to John and Leah Chidester after living in it for twelve… Read More