'Walks Through History' to Visit Downtown Batesville

30-Oct-2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—OCTOBER 30, 2015

FOR STATEWIDE RELEASE

‘WALKS THROUGH HISTORY’ TOUR TO VISIT BATESVILLE HISTORIC DISTRICT

LITTLE ROCK–The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s next “Walks Through History” tour will visit the Batesville Commercial Historic District on November 14, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

Named after Arkansas’s first territorial delegate to the U.S. Congress, James Woodson Bates, Batesville developed in the early 19th century where Poke Bayou flowed into the White River. The Independence County seat became a regional trading and shipping center, capitalizing on the availability of river and later, rail transportation. Downtown Batesville features many distinctive buildings constructed with locally-quarried stone. The free tour will begin at 11 a.m. at the Landers Theater at 332 East Main Street and will last between one and two hours. The tour is co-sponsored by Main Street Batesville and the Batesville Preservation Association.

In the “Walks Through History” program, AHPP historians each month provide free guided walking tours of historic structures and districts across Arkansas. Most tours begin at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. The American Institute of Architects offers two HSW continuing education learning unit credits for members who attend a “Walks Through History” tour.

The final 2015 “Walks Through History” tour will be held December 12 at the Washington Street Historic District in Camden, co-sponsored by the Ouachita County Historical Society.

All tours are free and open to the public. For information, call the AHPP at (501) 324-9880, write the agency at 323 Center St., Suite 1500, Little Rock, AR 72201, send an e-mail message to [email protected], or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.

The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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