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Glenn House (Soulesbury Institute)

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1849–1850; late-19th-century addition. 623 Water St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

Established in 1849, Soulesbury Institute, a coeducational Methodist school, educated students from primary level through college. The school, named in honor of bishops Joshua Soule and Francis Asbury, consisted of a two-story wooden building with a central hall and two rooms on each floor. The Civil War disrupted education, and because efforts to revive the school after the war were unsuccessful, the Methodist trustees sold the property in 1873 to Martha Glenn, who used it as her residence. Later passing into the hands of her son, John, the building was enlarged over the years, with a substantial bay at one end, a bedroom and dining room addition across the rear, and a kitchen ell. The college’s former grounds provide the house with a large garden.

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, "Glenn House (Soulesbury Institute)", [Batesville, 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, 84-85.

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