Museum Monday: Phillips County Museum


I’ve loved museums my entire life…and after working in one for 10 years, that love only grew stronger. On Mondays, I will share some of my favorite museums located within the 26 counties of eastern Arkansas.
Kimberly J. Williams

The Phillips County Museum in Helena-West Helena is one of those museums that I can happily visit time and again…and always find something I’ve never noticed before!

The museum is known for its artifacts that tell the story of the river town, which was established in 1833. In the late 1800s, ladies from Helena began raising funds for a new library in Phillips County. They contacted popular authors of the day, asking for autographed copies of their books. Several authors complied, including Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen name, Mark Twain. The autographed books are now housed at the Phillips County Museum. The museum also has the distinction of being the only museum in Arkansas to have received a portion of the Thomas Alva Edison collection.

You’ll also find variety of Civil War-related artifacts from the seven Confederate generals from Phillips County, including the bullet that mortally wounded General Thomas Hindman in 1868. The museum also features a detailed diorama of the Battle of Helena. There are uniforms and other items from the Civil War, Native American pottery and other artifacts that detail the history of Phillips County.

Make sure and find the Great River Road Geocaching Project cache nearby!

For more information, contact the Phillips County Museum at 870-338-7790.

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