Things to do in Benton
The picturesque Benton town square is the focal point of the community. Don't miss the Gann Museum of Saline County, housed in the only known structure in the world constructed of bauxite. In addition to the history of the county, the museum boasts an impressive collection of Niloak Pottery, made in the region from 1909 to 1946. The unique method of "swirling" colors, the pottery's distinctive trademark, died with creator Charles Hyten, making the pieces highly sought after by collectors.
The Royal Theatre, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, hosts live theatrical productions.
One of the town's main thoroughfares, Military Road, dates to the 1830s. This route parallels the Old Southwest Trail used by frontier travelers on their way West. The Southwest Trail is part of the Arkansas Heritage Trails System.
Both Benton and nearby Bryant provide antique seekers ample opportunity to search for treasures with several antique malls on both sides of the interstate.
The Saline River has excellent fishing, scenery and backcountry floating for the outdoors enthusiast.
The Shoppach House, the oldest standing structure in town, was built in 1852.