Treat Mom to a Special Weekend in Little Rock

Kerry Kraus

Are you looking for a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Or do you just love exploring beautifully restored historic homes? Then this weekend is just for you. May 7-8 brings a couple of opportunities to visit several homes in Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter Historic District.

The Empress of Little Rock Bed and Breakfast Inn (top photo) is having a Mother’s Day High Tea on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. Treat your Mother to an afternoon outing, served with all pomp and circumstance of an English high tea The menu includes specialty hot tea, desserts, gourmet finger sandwiches, Empress scones, clotted cream and fresh fruit. Everything is handmade in the inn’s kitchen and served by candlelight. After the tea, enjoy a detailed historical tour of The Empress. Tickets are $40. Visit or phone 501-374-7966 for additional information.

May 7-8 is when the 47th annual Quapaw Quarter Association Spring Tour of Historic Homes takes place in downtown Little Rock. Highlighted homes this year are: the Ragland House (circa 1890), 1617 Center Street; the circa 1912 Urquhart Bungalow, 1623 Center Street; the Turner-Mann House (circa 1905), 1711 Center Street; the circa 1914 Rogers House (middle photo), 400 West 18th Street; and the H. A. Bowman House (circa 1887), 1415 South Broadway. All structures featured are located in the Governor’s Mansion National Register Historic District and are within easy walking distance of each other. Saturday features the evening candlelight tour with dinner and dancing from 5:30 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. Champagne, wine and savories are offered at several locations.
Following the tour, visitors will gather in the Garth (bottom photo) of the historic Trinity Episcopal Cathedral for cocktails, a dinner of Arkansas–sourced foods, and dancing to music provided by The Jellies.

Sunday has an afternoon tour of the homes from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person for the day tour, $100 per person for the candlelight tour and festivities. Visit or phone 501-371-0075 for more information. Proceeds benefit the preservation programs of the Quapaw Quarter Association.

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