Arkansas December 31, 2018
The Largest Historic District In Arkansas Is Well Worth The Trip
At 17 blocks, the commercial historic district in Pocahontas is the largest in Arkansas. The district is home to many of the state’s oldest businesses as well as some of the first. Let’s take a stroll through this splendidly long district and see what historic goodies we find.
Every Arkansan needs to visit the lovely town of Pocahontas.
Walking around the town's historic district makes for the perfect day trip. The large district roughly resides between the streets of Rice, Thomasville, Jordan, and McDonald.
The perfect place to stop first is the museum.
The Randolph County Heritage Museum is a great place to learn more about the extensive history of the town. Be sure to pick up a walking tour pamphlet as you head out the door, it highlights all the interesting stops in the historic district.
As soon as you start strolling around the district you may notice some interesting art on the buildings.
The large installations make up the fifty or so quilts of the Randolph County Quilt Trail. The trail started in 2009 and was the first of its kind in Arkansas (which has now spread to several other towns).
Visit some of the oldest places in the entire state.
One of noteworthy stops is the Sanitary Barbershop. Established in 1894, it's one of the oldest continuously operated barbershops in the nation.
Another treasure is this historic drug store.
Futrell's Pharmacy is the state's oldest drug store, it opened back in 1854. Sip on the nostalgia with an old school float from the pharmacy's soda fountain.
You may be able to catch a play during your trip, too.
Thanks to recent renovations earlier in the year, the historic theatre is completely revitalized. The Downtown Playhouse has three upcoming plays announced for the 2019 season,
It Runs in the Family
Wait Until Dark
. You can visit their
for more information
You can even turn your walkabout into a relaxing getaway for the weekend.
This unsuspecting building in the historic district is the Lesmeister Guesthouse. The 1902 building has been remodeled into a gorgeous upscale lodging. The suites start at $124/night and more information can be found
These are just some of the things you can find in the historic district.
For a useful map with even more attractions to discover in the district, visit
Have you cruised through the historic district in Pocahontas? What was your favorite place? Share with us in the comments below!
Another historic place to get lost in is the
state’s oldest tavern.