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Five Rivers Preservation, Inc., has several active pro-jects as well as a few already completed.

Much work remains to be done on many of these pro-jects, and ideas for new projects are still developing.

We need your help! To volunteer, contact us at:

We'll need...

  • Your name

  • Your contact information

  • Which project(s) you're
    interested in working on.

To help through a financial donation, click here.

Thanks!

Randolph County
Heritage Museum

Established in 2006. Preserves and displays the important history of Randolph County through exhibits, events, and shows.

Preserve America Project
A federal program through which the State awards historic preservation grants to local governments in areas of historic significance. Both the City of Pocahontas and Randolph County have qualified for the program.

Historic Trails Project
To research, mark, and publicize the historic trails of Randolph County. These include the Southwest Trail/Old Military Road, the Benge Route of the Trail of Tears, and the Arkansas Road. Trail of Tears wayside marker to be placed at Maynard by the State.

Civil War River Walk Memorial
Established in 2006 along the banks of Black River in Overlook Park, Pocahontas. Documents the important role Randolph County played in the Civil War on a trail of historic markers with benches.

Founder's Memorial
Established in 2006 at Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas. This memorial preserves the graves of Pocahontas founder Ransom Bettis, his daughter and Arkansas First Lady Cinderella Bettis Drew, the memorial obelisk of Governor Thomas S. Drew, and the graves of some of the Drew children.

Randolph County Quilt Trail
Arkansas' ONLY Quilt Trial. Photographs of vintage quilts created by local quilters, enlarged and displayed outdoors throughout the county.

We are currently working to add quilts to
buildings in downtown Maynard as an extension
of the county quilt trail.

See photos of our current
quilt trail offerings here.

Civil War Sesquicentennial 2011
Due to the great importance of Randolph County in the Civil War, the State will sponsor several events here in the 150th anniversary year of that conflict. Scenic Driving Trails related to the war will also be established in the county.

Rock and Roll 67
Highway U. S. Highway 67 in Clay, Randolph, Lawrence, and Jackson counties have been designated as Rock and Roll Highway 67 in honor of the many early rock and roll stars, like Roy Orbison, Elvis, and Billy Lee Riley, above, who played at venues along that road when rock was young. It will include historic markers, historic sites, and a Museum dedicated to those artists. See highway map here.

National Register Project
Structures and sites of at least 51 years old that have retained their historic appearance are eligible to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Five Rivers Personnel will assist owners in getting their property certified.

Pocahontas Commercial Historic District
Most of downtown Pocahontas is now certified as a National Commercial Historic District.

 

Century Farms Project
Farm lands in the county that have been used for agricultural purposes for at least 100 years by the same family are honored with plaques and other honors.

Do you know of a Randolph County farm that might qualify for this project? If so, please e-mail us the name of the property owner, location (community) of the farm, and owner phone number (if known):

Old Court House
Restoration Project
Five Rivers worked with the Randolph County government in obtaining a grant to restore and preserve the Old Randolph county Courthouse.

Historic Marker Project
A project to establish plaques on the buildings in downtown Pocahontas telling their history and history uses. Historic Markers will also be placed at historic sites throughout the County.

Randolph County Tours:
Walking Tour of Historic
Downtown Pocahontas
Experienced guides explain the history
 of the people and the buildings
of downtown Pocahontas.
Haunted Pocahontas Tour
This after-dark guided tour visits eight sites in
downtown Pocahontas where
historic ghosts will appear
and explain the circumstances
of their death...or the deaths they caused here.
Rock and Roll Highway 67 Tour
A guided van tour that visits seven points in
Randolph County, along
Rock and Roll Highway 67,
where stars like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison,
Bill Rice, and Billy Lee Riley
appeared during the early rock and roll years.

Old Depot Restoration Project
Five Rivers is currently working to restore the 1921 Frisco Depot, located in the National Historic District, across Highway 67 from downtown Pocahontas. The current plan is to use the restored depot as a Visitor Welcome and Information Center as well as a Museum of Transportation and Commercial History.

Maynard Commercial
Historic District
Five Rivers is currently working to make downtown Maynard a national commercial historic district.

 

Pocahontas Neighborhood
Historic Districts

Five Rivers is currently working to create
two National Register neighborhood
historic districts:

  • The neighborhood of
    brick houses surrounding the old
    Schmidt Brick Works in the
    Park Street/Pyburn Street area.
     

  • The neighborhood of houses built by Ferdinand Spinnenweber for his home and homes for his children, in the Bettis Street/Church Street area.

Ghost Sign Preservation
and Restoration Project

A ghost sign is old, faded, hand-painted advertising signage remaining on a building for an extended period of time. The signage may be kept for its nostalgic appeal, or simply indifference by the owner.

Many ghost signs still visible around Randolph County are from the 1890s to 1960s. Such signs were most commonly used in the decades before the Great Depression.

The painters of the signs were called "wall dogs. As signage advertising formats changed, less durable signs appeared in the later 20th century, and ghost signs from that era are less common.

Randolph County Historic Preservation is investigating ways to preserve and even restore the remaining ghost signs of our county.

St. Charles Massacre
Site Memorial

On May 28, 1865, at the end of the
American Civil War, seven young Confederate soldiers were executed, some say murdered,
by Union soldiers on Bettis Street in Pocahontas,
in front of the old St. Charles Hotel.

This project aims at raising money to erect a memorial commemorating the site of the
St. Charles Massacre, and the men who died there, with a monument, ideally an exact copy of the one at Cowen, Missouri.

Read the full story of the massacre, and the monument at Cowen Cemetery, here.