All the hard work that’s going on over in Jacksonville on Reed’s Bridge is being rewarded. The Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society has been awarded the “Outstanding Service in Neighborhood Preservation” from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.
The honor recognizes “an activity or project that has made a significant contribution to an historic area in Arkansas. “ In particular the award recognizes the efforts of the society in its re-enactment of the 1863 battle over Bayou Meto (Reed’s Bridge) in what is now Jacksonville. According to the society, on September 11-12, 2010, over 1,000 spectators watched as the Battle of Reed’s Bridge was re-enacted by Confederate and Union soldiers, cavalry and heavy artillery. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The award also salutes the efforts of the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society for the replica 1850s homestead built on site under the direction and supervision of Steve Shore. Through these efforts the society hopes to draw attention to the area and the need for continued preservation and protection from modern day urban sprawl.
With the commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War beginning this year, it’s a great time to visit this historically significant location in Central Arkansas.