Historic Preservation Passport Program
There are so many ways to explore the state of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program now offers another one with its Arkansas National Register Passport Program, which encourages tourism to Arkansas properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Of the more than 2,500 National Register properties in Arkansas, 26 are highlighted in the passport program, which was launched in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
The passports feature pictures and descriptions of each selected property, organized by region of the state. Visitors to each site can get the passport stamped or take a selfie at the location; completed books can be exchanged for a commemorative coin or badge. Passports are available at each participating location, as well as at Arkansas Welcome Centers across the state.
Stops on the passport trail include:
Lum & Abner Store & Museum, Pine Ridge
Clark County Historical Museum, Arkadelphia
Fordyce Bathhouse, Hot Springs
Crater of Diamonds State Park, Murfreesboro
John Newton House, El Dorado
Devil’s Den State Park, West Fork
Drennen-Scott House Historical Museum, Van Buren
Ozark Area Depot Museum, Ozark
North Central Arkansas
St. Joe Depot, St. Joe
Old Independence Regional Museum, Batesville
Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Spring
Historic Greyhound Bus Depot, Blytheville
Powhatan Historic State Park, Powhatan
Village Creek State Park, Newcastle
Delta Cultural Center, Helena-West Helena
Old Crossett Post Office, Crossett
Old Monticello Post Office, Monticello
Pine Bluff Civic Center, Pine Bluff
The program will continue through December of 2020, so you’ve got plenty of time to hit all these stops and collect all your stamps! For more information, visit the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program here.