Walks Through History tour set

Friday, December 3, 2010

Residents of Harrisburg will get the chance for a special taste of local history when the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program presents its final "Walks Through History" tour for the year in downtown Harrisburg.

AHPP historians will be offering the free guided walking tour at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. The tour group will meet in front of the Poinsett County Courthouse. Sunken Lands Regional Chamber of Commerce is co-sponsoring the tour. This will be the final "Walks Through History" tour of the year.

Harrisburg, the Poinsett County seat, prospered when the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railroad was completed in 1882. The railroad provided transportation for timber, cotton, and rice. The historic commercial buildings on Harrisburg's courthouse square date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries and reflect the town's greatest period of growth.

The "Walks Through History" program has already held tours this year at Mammoth Spring Dam and Lake, Pocahontas Commercial Historic District and the Shaheen-Goodfellow Weekend Cottage in Heber Springs, among other locations. The monthly tours guide residents through historic districts and structures and can be used to earn one hour of American Institute of Architects continuing education credit.

All tours are free and open to the public. For more information, call the AHPP at (501) 324-9880 or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state's cultural resources.

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