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The following is a list of museums within forty miles of Jonesboro. I advise calling for hours, since some of the museums are open seasonally and/or have limited hours. Also, museums open and close. Just because you see it listed here doesn't mean it's still in business.
Arkansas State University at Jonesboro Museum, Jonesboro, Library, ASU campus, 972-2074. Top-notch display of glass and tableware. Also fossils, minerals, mounted animals, Indian artifacts, reconstructed doctor's office, shops, parlors, etc. Been there.
Blytheville Heritage Museum, Blytheville, 107c Main Street, 870-***-****. Last stopped by Tuesday 4/6/99. The guy at City Hall directed me to the old S. H. Kresse department store on Main Street. Peeking in through the front window it looked like part of the building had been partitioned off and that there might be a museum in that section. There was no sign facing Main and I couldn't tell much from what I could see.
Buffalo Island Museum, Monette, 870-486-2884, have not visited.
Crittenden County Museum, Earle, 870-792-7374. Housed in renovated Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot. Railroad exhibits, pottery, pioneer artifacts. Last visited 12/13/97.
Cross County Historical Society Office, County Court House, Wynne. Not exactly a museum. It's more of a genealogy research library; but there are a couple of neat objects of interest on display, if you can get past the spooky old hootowl that guards the place. "No pictures!" The main thing of interest is a really beautiful mastadon tooth which was excavated locally. Last visited 9/12/97.
Greene County Museumm, 130 South 14th Street, Paragould, AR 72450, 870-236-2552. Open Fri. 10-4, Sat., Sun. 1-4. Housed in the home of former Governor J. Marion Futtrel. A wide-ranging collection that covers the past century. Typical county museum. Organized by rooms, two rooms of military. One room of railroad/timber industry. Native American. Toys and Dolls. Antique household appliances. Local Artwork. Housewares. Greene County sports hall of fame. Mostly local interest, especially preserved history of local buildings and interviews of local veterans. No entry fee. Donations accepted. Last visited 8/23/08.
Hampson Museum State Park, Wilson, Hwy 61 at Lake Drive, 870-655-8622. If you're a paleoindian history enthusiast, you are familiar with the significance of the Nodena Site. This museum houses the collection of artifacts painstakingly excavated by Dr. Hampson from the plantation Nodena, which was jointly owned by himself and members of his family. This collection is archaeologically important because of the thoroughness of the excavation, the fact that it was relatively undisturbed by pot hunters, and the fact that it was an important population center at the height of the Mississippian culture. Last visited 12/13/97.
Jacksonport State Park, museum recently reopened. The museum pretty much chronicles the history of the museum, which was the county courthouse until Jacksonport was bypassed by the railroad. Located on highway 69 northeast of Newpoart, phone (870) 523-2143. Last visited 2/03.
Lepanto Museum, Lepanto, Main Street, 870-475-6166. Open on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and by request. They have a pretty good collection of indian points, pots and grave goods along with the usual local history. There's an exhibit there on local hero Congressional Medal of Honor winner James R. Hendrix. Last visited 7/11/01.
Living Farm Museum, Old Davidsonville State Park, Pocahontas, Hwy 166, 892-8329. By appointment. Have not been.
Marked Tree Delta Area Museum, Marked Tree, by Methodist Church at corner of Frisco and Locust, facing the railroad tracks, 870-358-4272. Well-appointed local museum focusing on local history. At my last visit there was an interesting exhibit from a local man who had commanded a psychological warfare unit during the Korean War. On display were examples of propaganda leaflets from both sides. Also the medical equipment displays are pretty extensive. Last visited 5/27/99.
Mark Martin Museum, 1601 Batesville Blvd, Batesville, AR, 72501. 870-793-4461. Located at the Mark Martin Ford Dealership on highway 167 between Batesville and Southside. They've got a half-dozen NASCAR racing cars driven by number six Mark Martin. In front of each displayed car is a computer touchscreen that will play highlights of the races that feature the car you're looking at. They've also got helmets, fire suits, a motorcycle and wall-to-ceiling trophy cases. Gift shop. No entry fee. Last visited 8/23/08
Maynard Pioneer Museum and Park, Maynard, hwy 328 and Spring Street, 647-2701.
Mississippi County Historical Center, Osceola, Hale Avenue on the town square across from the County Courthouse. 870-563-6161. This store is almost a century old and is listed on the national register of historic places. When the Mississippi County Historical Society took posession of the building, some very old high-topped handmade dress shoes from between the wars were still on the shelves, and thus made the transition from inventory to exhibit. Mostly this is stuff of local interest, but the building is the main attraction for outsiders. You can't miss the place. It's across the street from the county court house, the building with the gigantic glistening copper dome. Last visited 3/24/98.
Old Davidsonville State Park Visitors' Center, Pocahontas, highway 166 south, 870-892-4708. Visitors center has display of artifacts found within the park. Last visited 4/17/98.
Old Randolph County Courthouse, Pocahontas, town square, 892-5617. Photographs and documents of historical importance hang on the walls of this old courthouse, which is now the Chamber of Commerce building. Tin ceilings--very sharp. Last visited 4/17/98.
Parkin Archaeological State Park, Parkin, off highway 64, 870-755-2500. Based on the discovery of a seven-layered chevron trade bead and a Spanish falconer's bell, this mound city is thought to be the location of Casqui, the capital of a collection of late Missippian culture tribes contemporary with the Nodena culture. The interpreters here seem pretty well-informed. As at Toltec Mounds, they offer classes in primitive technologies (flint-knapping, for example). If you're willing to commit for a whole day, they'll let you join in their supervised archaeological digs during the summer months. It's also fun to try to say, "PARKin ARKinsas ARCHaeological pARK" ten times fast. Last visited 12/13/97.
Powhatan Courthouse State Park, Powhatan, Hwy 25, 870-878-6794. Beautiful old courthouse that was the seat of the "Mother of Counties." Good historical exhibits with lots of interesting pioneer history, particularly the old jail. Also, they display a "viking runestone" which was found locally. Last visited 4/17/98.
Resettlement Village, near Walnut Ridge, off hwy 67 South, 870-***-****. Have not visited.
Sawdust Junction Museum and Mud Race Track, Highway 49 between Paragould and Marmaduke, 870-***-****. Alongside a mud race track and some flea market shops are a few log buildings in which are collected displays mainly of tools (emphasis on lumber and timber industry, including a Perils-of-Pauline style buzz saw) and household articles. Precious little is labelled, and there isn't much order or meaningful context provided. If you're driving by and need to stretch your legs, or if you want to watch buggies race on a mud track, then this is an adequate timewaster, but I wouldn't plan a special trip for this one. Last visited 11/18/97.
Trumann Public Library and Museum, Trumann, 1200 West Main, 870-483-7744. Highlight is a collection of wood carvings by a local man. Also various historical materials and archives of local interest. Prominently featured in Trumann's history is the Singer sewing machine plant which for decades employed over a third of the people in the town. Last visited 4/6/99.
Twentieth Century Doll Museum and Doll Hospital, Newport, 2005 Eastern Drive (Off hwy 67 take Brandenburg to Eastern), 501-523-2194. Call to make sure Virginia Arnett is there. Dolls and action figures floor to ceiling, wall to wall, shoulder to shoulder and elbow to elbow. Thousands upon thousands of them. A flabbergasting sight to behold. Also a doll repair shop. Last visited 11/10/98.