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Sarah N. Ridge House

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1836; later 19th century; 1973 restored. 230 W. Center St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Mason Toms, photographer)

This house began as a two-room dogtrot built of logs. The house remained in the Ridge family until 1859, after which it had a succession of owners. At some point in the nineteenth century, the house was enlarged to its present saltbox form, with four major rooms on each of its two floors, and the dogtrot passage was converted to a central hall. The original two rooms of log have remained largely intact, protected by interior plaster and exterior wood siding, and sections of the entrance hall’s plaster have been removed to reveal the 1836 logs. In 1839, Sarah Ridge and her children took refuge here after the assassination of her Cherokee husband, John Ridge. The Washington County Historical Society purchased the house in 1973 and restored it.

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, "Sarah N. Ridge House", [Fayetteville, 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, 50-50.

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