This log house and the Looney-French House (RA5), which are located about a mile apart in the Eleven Point River area near Dalton, were given to Black River Technical College for preservation. The Rice-Upshaw House, one of the oldest buildings in Arkansas, is part of an intact historic farmstead that includes a springhouse, barn, and crib, all built of logs, and a cemetery. The hall-and-parlor-plan house includes a loft and an end chimney of stone. The logs are half-hewn and joined with half-dovetail corner notches. Several types of wood are used in the house, including white oak, red oak, walnut, elm, and maple. A team from Black River Technical College led by Ronnie Walker restored the building, replacing some of the deteriorated material and adding a new wood shake roof.
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