Grand Re-opening of Hindman Hall at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park is June 18

Jill M. Rohrbach

The grand re-opening of Hindman Hall at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Prairie Grove takes place tomorrow (Saturday, June 18).

The grand re-opening ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Presenters in order of appearance are: Jessee Cox, park superintendent; Greg Butts, director of Arkansas State Parks; Kate Barger, president Prairie Grove Chapter #1006 United Daughters of the Confederacy; Darin Gray, vice-chair State Parks, Recreation and Travel Commission; Richard W. Davies, executive director, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

After the ceremony you can enjoy a reception and complimentary tour of the new Hindman Hall. There will be plenty of other Civil War activities in the park, and you can explore the grounds and speak with re-enactors throughout the day. Living history activities are located in the Memorial Yard around Morrow House and along the historic stone wall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Find out more at or by calling 479-846-2990.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, here’s a list of some upcoming July events.

July 9th
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Confederate History WeekendHistory is in the air as in the days of the Civil War at Prairie Grove Battlefield. Activities during this weekend include camp life and other living history activities throughout the weekend at various times and locations. Visitors are encouraged to wander the grounds and talk with the reenactors. Presented by volunteer reenactors from the Prairie Grove Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) Thomas C. Hindman Camp #656. Meeting place: Dogtrot House and Ozark Village Area – Admission: Free

July 9th – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Cannon Firing Demonstrations with First Arkansas Light ArtilleryCannon firing demonstrations are scheduled every hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the smoke, hear the boom, smell black powder burning, and feel the Civil War experience come to life. Presented by volunteer re-enactors from the 1st Arkansas Light Artillery. Meeting place: Dog Trot House in the Ozark Village – Admission: Free

July 10th  - 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – SPINNING DEMONSTRATION See members of the local Wool and Wheel Handspinners Guild demonstrate the ancient art of spinning thread, and discuss the basics of making cloth in the Arkansas Ozarks. The Wool and Wheel Handspinner have their monthly meeting here at the park on the first Wednesday of each month. Meeting place: Hindman Hall – Admission: Free


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