living/museum

Thomas Chipman McRae grew up surrounded by the chaos of the Civil War and the desperation of Reconstruction.  As the oldest of five children, he led his family through difficult times. But he would...
Although some sort of deer hunting has been in season for the past several weeks, this past Saturday was the beginning of the modern gun hunt. On Friday, nearly all roads leading to Monticello were...
Samuel Adams served as an early legislator in Arkansas. However, an unexpected twist in state politics made him governor, although for one of the shortest terms in state history. Adams was born in...
Dr. B. P. Kimbro’s autobiography stopped in 1933 when he was 70 years old.   Hardships, age and grief had taken its toll on the good doctor. However, here is the unauthorized conclusion to our story...
This week we’ve taken our tour to the outbuildings of the museum. We’ll begin with the larger of the two log cabins located directly behind the museum. This cabin is called the Rives cabin. The one-...
I am having “computer locked up” problems again, so this week’s column is not the one I’d intended to share.  Since the annual meeting of the Drew County Historical Society was poorly-attended last...
BeeDee's restaurant was located on the corner of North Hyatt and West Gaines. It was well known for its hamburgers and Curly Q's.
Since many of you found my first two days of introduction to the House of Representatives interesting, I thought you might also want to know about the activities I participated in last week during...
The Monticello steam laundry built in 1900 by Mr. J.D. "Jimmie Dick" Welsh.
Entertainers at Possum Valley Fun Day.
To borrow a phrase from Julie Andrews in a movie, every fourth Saturday in October, “The hills are alive with the sound of music,” laughter, food and fun! You don’t need to travel to the Alps,...
“Failure is a word I simply don’t accept,” said John Harold Johnson in an interview once. He faced obstacles and controversy his entire life, but the Arkansas native rose from deep poverty to...
This week I thought it might interest some readers to know some “famous firsts” facts in Drew County as a quick reminder of days gone by. Some of these particular “firsts” are especially unique in...
Secretary of State Mark Martin announced the opening of two exhibits at the State Capitol. “February is Black History Month, and this is a great time to honor the African Americans who have served in...
John Gray Lucas was born in the chaos of the Civil War and became a voice for civil rights in Arkansas.  He was born in East Texas in 1864.  His mother had been a slave who became a refugee as she...
As I sat here on this cloudy, overcast first Friday in February with the temperature hovering around 25 degrees and snow flurries possible, my mind wandered to power outages, school closings and such...
Uriah M. Rose was an attorney who believed in the importance of integrity, ethics, and education for himself and his fellow lawyers. Because of his work, Rose would impact not only the standards for...
This week we’ll continue sharing the journal that Drew County pioneer Ezekial Owens kept during his trip to the California gold fields in 1850.  You will notice he kept a good record of the land and...
An old adage says “A thing of beauty lasts forever.” An addition to this saying could be the phrase “as long as it’s maintained”. Whenever I think of the many majestic old homes and buildings in...

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