Mount Ida Heritage Day

 


 Have you been to Mount Ida before? I’ve had the chance to visit the town and spots like Wegner’s Crystal Mine.

Many festivals are also held in town and a glance at the calendar shows some slated for next month. Among these is the upcoming 3rd annual Heritage Day on May 28 at the Heritage House Museum of Montgomery County.

The Heritage House Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Montgomery County. According to Emilie Kinney,
director of the museum, admission is free and it’s set to be a nostalgic day for all ages. “We will have a variety of old timey demonstrations going on,” said Kinney.
On hand for the day is blacksmithing, muzzleloading, butter churning, quilting, knitting, cotton carding, chair making, whittling, open fire cooking, hominy making, and more. “We will have several participants in period costume,
an antique tractor on display and a Civil War presentation,” added Kinney. “It’s an excellent time to visit Mount Ida.” The event will be held from 10-4.

Kinney added that Good Ole Days ( hosted by the Chamber of Commerce) is also that weekend which hosts an
antique car show, craft vendors and more.

Also on the calendar, on May 21, The Frontporch Stage hosts the bluegrass band The Keisler Brothers.

Rock shops line the highways in and around Mount Ida, but that is to be expected in a town that proclaims itself the
“Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.” Private quartz mines, usually associated with rock shops, allow visitors to dig their own
crystals for fees. Though renowned for the quality of quartz deposits found in the surrounding Ouachita Mountains, the town is also known for it’s outdoor recreation. 


To the east, 40,100-acre Lake Ouachita offers fishing, swimming, sailing, water skiing, scuba diving, power boating, viewing of wintering bald eagles, and more. Floating and fishing can be found on the upper Ouachita and Caddo rivers. The Ouachita National Forest provides many recreational outlets close to town including campgrounds, scenic areas like Little Missouri Falls, hiking and backpacking trails and many miles of backcountry roads for touring.
 
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