Little Rock Journals

History on a Budget

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A June 2004 trip to Little Rock by chadk78

Old State House Museum Photo, Little Rock, Arkansas More Photos
Quote: The state capital of Arkansas, Little Rock, is not well-known as a tourist destination, but offers some nice surprises. Best of all, most of the attractions are free!

History on a Budget

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Overview

Little Rock Photo, Little Rock, Arkansas
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Founded in 1814, Little Rock became Arkansas' state capital in 1821. It features a wide variety of historical structures, and the outlying areas offer some incredible natural scenery. Several state parks are within an hour's drive of the city. The main historic district, known as the Quapaw Quarter, is made up of the downtown area and a couple of Victorian and Antebellum neighborhoods. Of note here is a house called Villa Marre (circa 1881), which was the setting of the TV show "Designing Women." It is not open to the public, but you can view the exterior from the street. The Empress of Little Rock Bed and Breakfast (aka the 1888 Hornibrook Mansion) is an architectural jewel. Its ornate ga...Read More

Historic Arkansas Museum

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This attraction features a 51,000-square-foot museum building surrounded by a collection of 19th-century structures. Once you enter the museum, you can obtain information about the site or visit the gift shop. The building has several galleries focusing on Arkansas artists, plus a changing featured exhibit. When we were there, this was about pottery in the Southeast and had examples of different types from each Southern state. The hands-on history museum is a fun way for children learn about 19th-century life in Arkansas, as well as the state's geography. There is also a film shown about the state's history. The open-air portion of the museum represents the state's frontier period of the earl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 30, 2005

Historic Arkansas Museum
200 East Third St
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
+1 501 324 9351

Old State House Museum

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Attraction

Old State House Museum Photo, Little Rock, Arkansas
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This beautiful antebellum structure (c.a. 1836) houses various exhibits about the Arkansas' history and culture. It served as Arkansas' capitol building for 85 years. The picturesque courtyard in front of the building is surrounded by a wrought-iron fence and includes a brick walkway leading up to a magnificent fountain set amongst a flower garden. The white facade of the building features four large columns, a balcony, and state seal of Arkansas in gold. Inside, you can watch a short film about the building's history narrated by former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Clinton gave his inaugural speeches here in both 1992 and 1996. Hillary Clinton's inaugural gown is featured in an exhibit abou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2005

Old State House Museum
300 West Markham
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
+1 501 324 9685

Arkansas State Capitol

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Attraction

Arkansas State Capitol Photo, Little Rock, Arkansas
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Constructed in 1899 to 1911 and modeled after the United States Capitol in Washington D.C., this impressive structure is made of native Arkansas white marble and granite. Guided tours are given Monday through Friday, but we were there on a Saturday and had to do a self-guided tour. We picked up a map at the information desk near the front entrance. The large rotunda area features pictures of the state's governors. While in the rotunda, look up at the dome for a magnificent view. One fascinating thing about this building is that it is asymmetrical. On each side of the rotunda are identical staircases surrounded by murals leading up to the Senate and House Chambers respectively. The governor...Read More

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Arkansas State Capitol
425 West Capitol Ave
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
+1 501 682 1010

Old Mill Park

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Attraction | "The Old Mill"

Old Mill Park Photo, Little Rock, Arkansas
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To look at this structure from a distance, one would think that it was an early 19th-century grist mill built from wood and stone. However, it is really made of copper-covered concrete and not built until 1933. The artist, Mexico native Dionico Rodriguez, created the mill, as well as the stumps, bridges, and toadstools surrounding it. A wonderful place for a picnic, the park-like setting here is perfect for photo shoots. The day we were there, they were taking bridal portraits and shooting an album cover for a musical group. The mill is famous for a brief cameo in the opening credits of "Gone With the Wind." After watching that segment of the movie several times just to see the mill, it appe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 30, 2005

Old Mill Park
Lakeshore Drive
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116
+1 501 791 8537