Fayetteville: Experience the Civil War in the Ozarks

Day 1: Driving tour of Fayetteville and Tour Civil War Sites

  • civil war in fayetteville arThe 1836 Ridge House is the oldest home standing in Fayetteville. The home belonged to Ms. Sarah Ridge widowed to John Ridge. John Ridge was a key figure in signing the Treaty of New Echota in 1835, which by its passing lead to the forced evacuation of the Cherokee tribes, better known as the Trail of Tears. Walk the infamous Trail of Tears, which passes through the University of Arkansas campus, designated by tear shaped street lights.
  • Tour the picturesque 1840's Walker Stone House, hit by cannon fire in 1864. It was restored in the 1970s by architect Edward K. Stone, grandson to the previous owners. It now serves as both a local law office and historical landmark to the city of Fayetteville.
  • Commemorate those lost in battle by visiting the Confederate Cemetery and Fayetteville National Cemetery.
  • Have lunch at the Catfish Hole, $12.95 inclusive. Voted best catfish in Northwest Arkansas.
  • The Tebbetts Headquarters House on Dickson still bears its mark of the historic battle, which shot a mini ball through the front door, preserved for visitors to see today. Take a tour of the 1853 home built by Judge Jonas Tebbetts. The house was headquarters to both the Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War and now serves as the headquarters of the Washington County Historic Society.
  • Experience civilian life during the Civil War through living history performances.
  • Check into hotel
  • Dinner at the famous AQ Chicken House $12.95 inclusive
  • See the rest of the beautiful University of Arkansas campus on a driving tour.
  • Return back to the hotel

Day 2: Other Civil War Sites to Include in your Tour from the Surrounding Area

  • Take a driving tour of the Cane Hill Battlefield, home to the historical Cane Hill College landmark, one of the states first important educational institutions.
  • Visit the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park which preserves about 400 acres of the battlefield where the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi and the Union Army of the Frontier clashed in December of 1862.
  • Fort Smith National Historic Site- Tour Judge Isaac C. Parker's Courtroom (the hanging judge), step inside the old jail known as "Hell on the border" and visit the hanging gallows where 79 men met their fate at the end of a rope.
  • Lunch at Eunice's Country Cooking in Fort Smith $10 inclusive
  • Check into hotel
  • Visit War Eagle Mill near Rogers Arkansas, which served as a rest stop to the confederate soldiers on several occasions during the Civil War. The site still has an operating water powered gristmill, which provided weary soldiers water on their journeys between battles. Destroyed in the war by a fire, the mill was rebuilt in 1973 as a modern replica.
  • Hike, drive, or take horseback trails through Pea Ridge National Military Park. The most intact battlefield site in the country, the 4,300-acre park was home to the only major battle that Indian troops participated in. The March 1862 battle was also responsible for saving Missouri for the Union.
  • Dinner
  • EXTRA: Tour the Veterans Wall of Honor in Bella Vista, a memorial to all of our fallen heroes who served in the Armed Forces from 1776 to date as well as the 18 different flags the United States have used since 1776.
  • Return back to the Hotel.

Day 3: Travel with the John Butterfield Stagecoach through Arkansas

  • Tour the old courthouse where John Butterfield's stables used to sit and where he made his stops on the stagecoach route.
  • Ride the rails through the Ozark Mountains for a scenic excursion aboard the A&M Railroad to Van Buren near the route of the Butterfield Stage coach, and continue to Fort Smith "Where the West was Fun!"
  • Lunch at Taliano's Italian Restaurant $10-15
  • Driving tour of our Historic District- learn where the Butterfield Stagecoach route was in Fort Smith and where it stopped while in town.
  • Fort Smith Museum of History- see exhibits and displays on early Fort Smith Days including an old fashioned Drug Store where you can enjoy a soda from the soda fountain
  • Check into hotel
  • Dinner at The Lighthouse Inn on the banks of the Arkansas River. Miss Laura's Players will entertain the group with "The Medicine Show on Hanging Day", a musical/comedy now in its 17th year of production.
  • Return to the Hotel
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