Jacksonville Event Showcases Historic Highway

Kerry Kraus

Two eras of American and Arkansas history are highlighted this weekend in Jacksonville as the Reed’s Bridge Battlefield Preservation Society and the Indian Inter-Tribal Association of Arkansas (INARK) join forces for two days of activities.

The May 21-22 event pays homage to the history of this portion of Ark. 161 which was not only the site of a Civil War battle but also a part of the Trail of Tears. INARK commemorates this by erecting teepee lodges and performing traditional Native American dances. The performances are from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-5 p.m. both days, weather permitting. Other activities include wood flute music, tomahawk throwing and other frontier skills demonstrations, such as blacksmithing.

Everything takes place at Reed’s Battlefield Park. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for those under age 18. Shuttles from various posted parking lots around town are provided by the city of Jacksonville. Food vendors will be on-site but visitors should bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Since there is a chance of rain this weekend, please call before making the trip. For more information contact the Jacksonville Museum of Military History at 501-241-1943

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