“PASSPORT TO HISTORY TOUR”SET FOR BAXTER COUNTY DAY MARCH 24
The Baxter County Historical Society invites the public to observe and celebrate Baxter County Day 2019by participating in a free “Passport to History Progressive Tour” on Sunday, March 24, between the hours of 1-4 p.m.Baxter County was formed 146 years ago on March 24, 1873.
“The Society is calling this Baxter County Day our 2nd (Nearly) annual event,” says David Benedict, Society President, “because we had an observance in 2107 but didn’t have it last year. We plan to keep it going annually without any more skips, and we plan to highlight a different part of the county’s history each year.”
Those who take part in Baxter County Day this year may do so by making a progressive tour. “All four of our historical museum venues will be open that afternoon from noon until 4:00 p.m.” says Benedict, “with Society volunteers providing guided tours at each location.It gives the public a chance to see the richness of Baxter County history and learn something about the scope of the work of our Society.”
The Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society has museum exhibits at four locations: The Heritage Center at 808 South Bakers Street; the Rapp’s Barren Pioneer Settlement in Cooper Park; The Casey House at the southeast corner of the County Fairgrounds; and the Buford School Museum at 4439 Buford Road.
“Visitors will not only get to see the historic buildings and exhibits,” according to Benedict, “we will also have a lunch of beans, ham and cornbread at the Heritage Center, some other snacks along the tour route and visitors can enjoy a piece of pie at the Buford location.” Benedict notes that there will be some other giveaways on the tour as well. “And at Buford visitors can pose for photos in a classic 1970’s Excalibur auto,” he says, “and guests who have their provided “passports” stamped at all four locations will receive a free print of their “vintage” photo.
The Society is eager for people of all ages to come enjoy this great afternoon of enjoying and exploring our local history.
For more information call the Baxter Historical Society at 870-425-2551.
Submitted by David Benedict, BCHGS, President -- 870-736-4800