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Grant County Museum

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1965 established. 521 W. Shackleford St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Travis Ratermann, photographer)

In the early 1990s, museum officials began assembling this collection of seventeen vernacular buildings from around the county. They are of the sort seldom appreciated or preserved. A self-guided tour is afforded by a sidewalk connecting the structures, arranged in a semicircle in a grassy, tree-shaded area. Among them are agricultural outbuildings (such as barns and smokehouses), a firehouse, a church, and, perhaps most unusual of all, a soaring fire tower built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Two dwellings are good examples of once-popular house types. The 1873 McCool House, a dogtrot of box construction with a detached kitchen, was originally a farmhouse in the Paxton community. The 1904 Town House originally located near the town square is a small frame four-room cottage with an L-shaped plan, and a well located on the back porch. The tiny, frame, rectangular false-fronted Milltown Café (c. 1927), authentically furnished down to the thick coffee mugs and the worn counter stools, specialized until 1950 in serving hearty plate lunches to workers at the nearby railroad and the lumber mill.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Grant County Museum", [Sheridan, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 204-205.

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