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Northwest Region- Experience the Civil War in the Ozarks-Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Day 1

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During the Civil War, Northwest Arkansas was caught in the crossfire between the North and the South.  The area was the site of many skirmishes and battles including the Battle of Fayetteville and the Battle of Pea Ridge, arguably the most important Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi.  The war left the area devastated. Crop, homes, and businesses were burned and residents went hungry.
 
9:00 a.m. - Begin your Civil War trail through the Ozarks at the Ridge House Museum, built in 1836. This was the historic home of Sarah Bird Northrup Ridge, teh widow of John Ridge. John Ridge was a Cherokee and considered the first Native American novelist. Their house is the oldest home standing in Fayetteville.
 
10:00 a.m. - Take the short stroll down to the Walker Stone House. The Walker Stone House was built by David Walker, a prominent lawyer, jurist, and early settler of Fayetteville who later sold the house to a well-known merchant Stephen K. Stone. During the Civil War, the house was struck by Confederate cannon fire while the Stone family lived there.
 
11:00 a.m. - Travel to the Historic Downtown District of Fayetteville. Downtown is the focal point for many local activities. The charming downtown square is home to unique shops, restaurants, historic buildings and modern offices. Take your time and enjoy shopping in downtown Fayetteville.
 
12:30 p.m. - Have your appetite ready for lunch at the Catfish Hole. Quality, award winning products, people-centered management and a staff of dedicated, efficient employees, who's service is rivaled by none, have led to great success.
 
1:30 p.m. - After lunch, travel to the Headquarters House. The Headquarters House was built by Judge Jonas Tebbetts in 1853, and miraculously survived the Civil War. The Battle of Fayetteville was fought on its front lawn. Look at the doorway and see teh scar of a minieball, which is preserved in testament to the battle which our ancestors endured and earned the intersection of College & Dickson the title "Bloody Corner."
 
3:00 p.m. - Check into the hotel
 
5:00 p.m. - Ready for dinner? Head on down to the AQ Chicken House. The award-winning AQ Chicken House first opened its doors for business in Springdale, Arkansas, on July 20, 1947. Back then, Highway 71 was a dusty two-lane dirt road going nowhere. The original founder and owner, Roy C. Ritter, began serving what he called "Southern Style" chicken to tourists to let them know how good chicken could taste in the Ozarks.
 
6:00 p.m. - After dinner, enjoy a driving tour around the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. See where the Arkansas Razorbacks practice, learn, and live.
 
8:00 p.m. - Return to Hotel.



Day 2

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OPTIONAL
 
9:00 a.m. - Check out of hotel and board the motorcoach. Trek the short journey to the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park.
 
9:30 a.m. - Arrive at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park. The Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park preserves approximately 400 acres of the battlefield where the Confederate Army of teh Trans-Mississippi under leadership of General Thomas C. Hindman clashed with the Union Army of the Frontier led by General James G. Blunt on December 7, 1862.
 
11:00 a.m. - Board the motorcoach. Head to Hillbilly Smokehouse for lunch.
 
11:45 a.m. - Arrive at the Hillbilly Smokehouse. Enjoy their specialty: dry ribs and BBQ beef & pork. All of their meats are hickory smoked with no additives.
 
12:30 p.m. - Board the motorcoach to traverse to the Pea Ridge National Battlefield Park. This is a United States National Military Park located in extreme northwestern Arkansas near the Missouri border. The park protects the site of the American Civil War Battle of Pea Ridge which was fought March 7-8, 1862. The battle was a victory for the Union, and helped it gain control of the crucial border state of Missouri.
 
3:30 p.m. - Depart Pea Ridge National Battlefield Park.

For more information-contact Julie Pennington, Marketing Manager, Group Tours, Fayetteville Visitors Bureau, 21 South Block, Fayetteville, AR 72701  1.800.766.4626 and visit http://www.experiencefayetteville.com/

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