Jacksonville Event Showcases Historic Highway

Kerry Kraus
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Two eras of American and Arkansas history are highlighted this weekend in Jacksonville as the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society and the Indian Inter-Tribal Association of Arkansas (INARK) join forces for two days of activities.

The May 21-22 event pays homage to the history of this portion of Ark. 161 which was not only the site of a Civil War battle but also a part of the Trail of Tears. INARK commemorates this by erecting teepee lodges and performing traditional Native American dances. The performances are from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-5 p.m. both days, weather permitting. Other activities include wood flute music, tomahawk throwing and other frontier skills demonstrations, such as blacksmithing.

Everything takes place at Reed’s Battlefield Park. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for those under age 18. Shuttles from various posted parking lots around town are provided by the city of Jacksonville. Food vendors will be on-site but visitors should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Since there is a chance of rain this weekend, please call before making the trip. For more information contact the Jacksonville Museum of Military History at 501-241-1943

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