Favorite

Historic farming 

HAM rips up parking lot for addition.

A garden and a barn reflecting territorial life in Arkansas and a 21st century trolley stop will be built on the half block the Historic Arkansas Museum owns on Second Street between Cumberland and Scott, north of museum proper. HAM began work this week on the project by ripping up the concrete lot on part of the half block. (The museum has more parking on Third Street.) A trolley stop whose roof will reflect the architecture of the museum will be built there. The trolley stop will also include restrooms. Museum director Bill Worthen said the long-range plan is to "interpret more broadly the frontier period of Arkansas history." It will do so with what Worthen called "a hint of a farmstead" around the log cabin now at Cumberland and Second, with a garden featuring plantings appropriate to the era and a couple of outbuildings, including a barn. The barn will offer sheltered space for educational programs, Worthen said. The project should be completed by summer 2005. The farmstead will complement the territorial period restorations - several brick houses and a tavern - on the museum's property south of Second. Alan Brown of Charlottesville, Va., a landscape historian who worked on the museum's master plan, and architect Tommy Jamison are contributing to the design. The museum is paying for the project with a $600,000 grant from the Natural and Cultural Resources Council, which is funded by the state's real estate transfer tax. The city will also add a mid-block, button-operated stoplight on Second to allow school groups to safely cross to the farmstead. The new farmstead's barn could be an original, if the museum is able to locate one in danger of being torn down and can afford to move it to the site. Might there be farm animals in the barn? "Animals are problematic," even chickens, Worthen said. He said some of the nearby transient population "could end up doing a little living history right there on the lawn with a little fire and some poor chicken they'd rung the neck of." A more likely site, for chickens at least, would be behind the Brownlee House, which is inside the fenced area of the museum.
Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Kanis development decried

    Fletcher Hollow wrong place for density, neighbors tell LR planners.
    • Oct 8, 2015
  • Eligible voters removed from rolls

    Arkansas Times reporters contacted election officials around the state to see how they had handled flawed felon data from the secretary of state. Responses varied dramatically.
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • Real Republicans don't do pre-K

    Also, drifting away from trump, Hudson's downfall at ASU and more.
    • Aug 11, 2016

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • Raw feelings in the Arkansas Justice Building over workload, pay

    Strained relations between the Arkansas Supreme Court and the Arkansas Court of Appeals broke into public view this week. I expect more to come.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.

Latest in Arkansas Reporter

  • High school MVP

    An Academic All-Star who approaches perfection.
    • May 25, 2017
  • Arkansas ticks wanted

    UA lab is researching pathogens, raising awareness.
    • May 18, 2017
  • The biking news

    Trail money and more.
    • May 11, 2017
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Event Calendar

« »

May

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31  

Most Viewed

  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.
  • High school MVP

    An Academic All-Star who approaches perfection.
  • Health care policy FAQ

    What proposed state and federal changes mean for the future of health care policy in Arkansas.
  • Court feud

    Jerry Jones and ethics, low employment and more.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation