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Womack-Parker House

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1878; 1975 addition. 903 N. Main St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

At the core of this interesting one-story frame dwelling is a braced-frame structure of an unknown date. In 1878 grist- and sawmill owner David Womack purchased and enlarged it to form a one-room deep, gableend central hall cottage with a long rectangular rear addition; the dwelling faced south to where the original road ran. Descendants of Burton Parker, who purchased the property in 1919, completed a compatible two-room addition on the north end around 1975. The two large porches are the most distinguished features. The earlier one, on which the well is located, exhibits a folksy character with its jigsawn balustrade and flat, curvilinear porch supports. In a different vein, the front porch (on the south elevation) is a remarkably elegant high-style Eastlake ensemble. The original smokehouse and fruit cellar/storm cellar are in the side yard in close proximity to the house. In the large meadow west of the house are four historic buildings from the surrounding areas, saved from demolition and moved here. Three are agricultural buildings—two of them log—but the most outstanding is the 1851 William Standlee House, a singlepen log dwelling of virgin timber with halfdovetail notching; on the interior is a tiny, unusual dog-leg stair. David Womack later added a woolen carding mill to his milling enterprises.

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, "Womack-Parker House", [Nashville, 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, 179-179.

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