Arkansas Heritage Sites at Arkansas State University develops and operates historic properties of regional and national significance in the Arkansas Delta. These sites provide educational resources for formal and informal learning, including serving as living laboratories for students in the university’s Heritage Studies Ph.D. program. In addition, they serve as economic catalysts in communities where they are located by attracting heritage tourists from around the country.
Arkansas Heritage Sites also serves as an administrative agent for Arkansas Delta Byways, the official non-profit regional tourism promotion association serving fifteen counties in the Arkansas Delta. These include Arkansas, Chicot, Clay, Craighead, Crittenden, Cross, Desha, Drew, Greene, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett and St. Francis counties. Arkansas Heritage Sites has been instrumental in developing and promoting two National Scenic Byways that traverse this region: the Crowley’s Ridge Parkway and the Arkansas segment of the 10-state Great River Road, which runs along both sides of the Mississippi River, from its headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.
Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash
Dyess was established in 1934 as an agricultural resettlement colony, part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to aid in the nation’s economic recovery from the Great Depression. The restored Administration Building houses museum exhibits, while the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home has been restored and furnished as it appeared when the Cash family lived there as colonists.Explore
Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center
The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Arkansas, includes a barn studio associated with Ernest Hemingway and the family home of his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. Portions of one of his most famous novels, A Farewell to Arms, and several short stories were written in this studio. The properties have been renovated, focusing on the 1930s era.Explore
The Lakeport Plantation house, built in 1859, is the only remaining antebellum plantation home on the Mississippi River in Arkansas. The Greek Revival structure, with many original decorative finishes, is one of Arkansas's premiere historic sites. It was gifted to Arkansas State University by the Sam Epstein Angel family. The restored property includes exhibits related to the people who lived and worked at Lakeport.Explore
Southern Tenant Farmers Museum
This museum is located in the historic Mitchell-East Building in Tyronza. During the 1930s, it housed the dry cleaning business of H. L. Mitchell and the service station of Clay East, two of the organizers of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in 1934. It was the nation's first integrated agricultural union. Their building served as the unofficial headquarters until offices were moved to Memphis for safety.Explore