Category Archives: Events

Museum Open House Set for November 7

Dog Trot Cabin, Faulkner County Arkansas

Come celebrate the season at the OPEN HOUSE at the Faulkner County Museum and Dog Trot Cabin on Saturday, November 7, from 10 am to 4 pm on the Conway Courthouse square. The Museum’s main building and railroad exhibit will be open as well.

The cabin will be decorated for the season and volunteers will demonstrate traditional skills such as wood working, rope making, Dutch oven cooking, blacksmithing, etc. Continue reading

The “Spirits of Cadron” Return October 23, 24

Cadron Blockhouse, Faulkner County, Arkansas

We regret the “Spirits of Cadron” was cancelled due to rainy weather! The “Spirits of Cadron,” a popular fall event of past years, returns this year on Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24.

Sponsored by the Faulkner County Historical Society and the Faulkner County Museum, this entertaining, eerie, and sometimes spooky occasion takes place from 6 to 9 PM each night at the Cadron Blockhouse at Cadron Settlement Park. Cost is only $2 per person or $5 per carload. Continue reading

FCHS Annual Program a Success

butterfly weed, native plants, Faulkner County Arkansas

The Faulkner County Historical Society conducted its annual program for the public at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 30, at the Faulkner County Library. The guest speaker for the event was naturalist and retired biology teacher, Shirley Pratt.

She brought samples of several common native plants of Faulkner County for participants to examine and learn to identify. She further pointed out some native plants that were used as food, medicine, or in everyday life during earlier times.

Mrs. Pratt earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Hendrix College and master’s degree in health education from the University of Central Arkansas. She has taught at North Little Rock Ole Main High School, Quitman High School and Texarkana’s North Heights Junior High School. She is a docent at South Fork Nature Center near Choctaw, has worked as an Arkansas State Parks seasonal interpreter, has volunteered at the Faulkner County Museum and currently volunteers at Quitman High School.

During the time she worked in the park system, her interest in wildflowers of the state intensified. It was the guide position in a Civil War surgeon’s home at Historic Washington State Park that sparked her interest in native plants as medicines during the Civil War era.

She now lives on the family home place where she grew up, in Happy Valley of the Centerville community, east of Greenbrier.

FCHS Annual Program Set for April 30

Photo from Herbal Medicines of the Civil War by Jim Long; used with permission

Photo from Herbal Medicines of the Civil War by Jim Long, used with permission.

The Faulkner County Historical Society will conduct its annual program for the public at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 30, at the Faulkner County Library in the west side room. The guest speaker for the event will be naturalist and retired biology teacher Shirley Pratt.

She will bring samples of several common native plants of Faulkner County for participants to examine and learn to identify, and also discover how some native plants were used as Continue reading