The Buffalo National River Partners are offering some great events in October that range from history to flora and fauna.
Civil War Chats
At 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, James Johnston will present “The Skirmishes at Woolum.” Two particularly hard fought skirmishes occurred just up Richland Creek on Christmas Day, 1863 and May 3 and 5, 1864. Often both Union and Confederate participants in these skirmishes would be from the area.
This session will be at the Hall Cemetery. To get there, take Ark. 65 South to Ark. 74 then right to Snow Ball. At the “T”intersection make a right then a quick left (within sight of the “T”intersection) onto Richland Road. Follow that road up to McCutchen Gap and back down the other side, then follow the road up to Hall Cemetery.
Boxley Mill Tours and Wildlife Viewing
The elk are rutting and the leaves are changing color, which makes it a prime time to visit the Buffalo National River area. Plus, tours of Boxley Mill will be given on weekends between Oct. 12 and Nov. 4. The historic Mill will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Exotic and Invasive Plants
The program, “Exotic and Invasive Plant Management at Buffalo National River,” will be at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the Boone County Library in Harrison. Adam Throckmorton is the field supervisor for the Heartland Network Exotic Plant Management Team, based at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Republic, Missouri. He has been working with the National Park Service for the past five years specifically on invasive and exotic plants. His presentation will include descriptions and photographs of common exotic, invasive plants found throughout Buffalo National River. The talk will focus on work the Exotic Plant Management group has done throughout the National River and feature before, during and after photographs. A general discussion of how interested partners can assist and a short question session will conclude the talk.