Everyone is cordially invited by the City of Pocahontas to come and see the recently opened Museum of Randolph County Transportation and Commercial History at an open house to be held Friday, December 21, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Museum is located in the restored 1920 Frisco Railroad Depot (Visitor Information Center) located across Hwy 67 N. from downtown Pocahontas.
The Museum features information and artifacts regarding the unique and significant history of transportation and commerce in the County. This includes the five rivers, the steamboat era, river ports, ferries, bridges, and mills; early historic roads, the Trail of Tears in the County; local railroad history; and historic commercial activity
Refreshments will be served.
Located in the heart of America, Randolph County offers our visitors 18,000 friendly people, five large rivers, and the best history lesson in Arkansas. Our position in the great Ozark Mountains offers a beautiful vacation spot just 90 minutes from Memphis and two hours from Little Rock, with easy-driving 4-lane highways all the way.
Some of our best things to do include…
- Walking beautiful and historic downtown Pocahontas, where Confederate General Jeff Thompson was captured by Union troops during the American Civil War. See Arkansas’ first quilt trail, Randolph County Heritage Museum, and live Broadway-quality shows at the Downtown Playhouse.
- Visit Davidsonville Historic State Park, site of Arkansas’ first courthouse, first post office, and first land office.
- Tour the Eddie Mae Herron Center, with a recreation of the one-room school where the local African-American students attended school before school integration in the 196o’s.
- Hike the wilderness in Hall’s Creek Canyon.
- Birding (bird watching) is very popular here due to Randolph County’s location on two of the main bird migration routes in the U. S.—the Central Flyway and the Mississippi Flyway. These merge just north of us, and their routes narrow here, concentrating the bird population as many, many bird species use these routes when flying to and from South America and the Caribbean during their seasons of migration, many nesting here each year. When birding here, be sure to watch for bald eagles, white pelicans, and the rare and feared extinct ivory billed woodpecker. Our county offers excellent opportunities for bird watching as it contains both the uplands of the Ozarks and the wetlands of the Mississippi Delta.
- Canoe the wonderful spring-fed Eleven Point River, or fish our county’s five large rivers.
- Tour the oldest residence in Arkansas and the oldest business building in Arkansas.
…and that’s just the beginning! Download our Activities Guide with 75+ things to see and do in our area!