Benton County Historical Society

Benton County Historical Society Benton County Historical Society was established in 1954 The Benton County Historical Society was created in 1954 from a group of concerned citizens who wanted to preserve the history of Benton County.

Members who have roots in Benton County are helping to keep its history alive and in front of the public during the current period of tremendous growth. The Society has also assumed responsibility for maintaining historical markers and monuments which BCHS helped to erect throughout Benton County. These markers and monuments permanently identify the location of Civil War battles and other historic

Members who have roots in Benton County are helping to keep its history alive and in front of the public during the current period of tremendous growth. The Society has also assumed responsibility for maintaining historical markers and monuments which BCHS helped to erect throughout Benton County. These markers and monuments permanently identify the location of Civil War battles and other historic

Operating as usual

12/23/2020

The Benton County Historical Society will close for January and February. We will reopen on March 1, 2021. The Staff will be in the office doing inventory, cataloging artifacts and general house cleaning. If you need us, please call us at 479-273-3561 or email us at [email protected]. Have a very Happy Holiday and a healthy and blessed New Year. Stay well.!

Leah

05/15/2020

The Benton County Historical Society will reopen on May 18th.
We have missed all of you! Hope you are all well. We are following the State Guidelines and will be applying social distancing and ask that you wear mask. If it is more convenient for you, please call us and we will set up an appointment for you to assist with you research. Stay well and we will see you soon.

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04/03/2020

The office of the Benton County Historical Society will remain closed until April 30, 2020. You may reach us by sending an email to [email protected], and we will answer as soon as possible. You are very important to us and we will continue to serve you as quickly as possible. Please stay safe and well.

Leah Whitehead

03/17/2020

The office of the Benton County Historical Society will be closed through March 30, 2020 per guidelines issued by
the County. We want you safe, if you need to contact us,
please use our email address [email protected].
We will be monitoring the email daily and will answer you as soon as possible. We appreciate your understanding and we will get through this crisis. You are important to us, please
take care of yourself.

Board of Directors
Benton County Historical Society

BeanSupper 2019
10/20/2019

BeanSupper 2019

BeanSupper 2019

Come by and see us for our Annual Bean Supper Fundraiser!  $10 per dinner including the homemade cobbler.  If you I can’...
10/10/2019

Come by and see us for our Annual Bean Supper Fundraiser! $10 per dinner including the homemade cobbler. If you I can’t stay, grab a to-go bag. We are here until 7:00. We appreciate all of your support! ❤️

09/09/2019

BCHS had a wonderful quarterly membership meeting yesterday! Thank you Don Warden, Director of Collections and Research at Siloam Springs Museum, for the informative tour of the newly remodeled museum. Siloam is celebrating it's 50th year of collecting, preserving and displaying the town and surrounding areas history. Congratulations! If you have not been to this museum, make a point to visit and take in the beauty and history of Siloam Springs! Thank you to all members who attended, it was great to see representation from so many different areas of our county, Rogers, Bentonville, Cave Springs, Gentry, Gravette, Glade, Bella Vista, Siloam and John Brown University. We so enjoyed seeing everyone!

Tour of the Siloam Springs Museum
09/09/2019

Tour of the Siloam Springs Museum

Tour of the Siloam Springs Museum

06/14/2019

Save the Date!
Annual BCHS Home Tour
September 14, 2019
More details to follow!

Quarterly Membership Meeting June 2019Al Knox - History and Efforts to Reclaim the Ozark Chinquapin Tree - Ice Cream Soc...
06/10/2019

Quarterly Membership Meeting June 2019
Al Knox - History and Efforts to Reclaim the Ozark Chinquapin Tree - Ice Cream Social

Quarterly Membership Meeting June 2019
Al Knox - History and Efforts to Reclaim the Ozark Chinquapin Tree - Ice Cream Social

06/10/2019

We had a great turnout at our Quarterly Membership Meeting yesterday! It was wonderful to see so many faithful members and so very much appreciate our new attendees! Mr. Al Knox shared his extensive knowledge of the history of the Ozark Chinquapin Tree and the current efforts that are underway to reclaim this native tree. The meeting was followed by an ice cream social.

02/18/2019

Wanted everyone to know that our website is currently down. We are excited about our new site that is under construction. Thank you for your patience and know you can always find us here on Facebook, email at [email protected] or call (479) 273-3561.

Karen
01/18/2019

Karen

Exciting news! The Benton County Historical Society (BCHS) and the Bentonville History Museum (BHM) are teaming up to bring area teachers an Arkansas Department of Education Approved Professional Development opportunity. The Professional Development dates are Feb. 13, 2019, and Feb. 20, 2019, from 4pm-6pm. The PD will be held at the BCHS Office at 306 NW 2nd St in Bentonville and The Walmart Museum. Teachers will be able to choose one date to attend. There is limited seating so registration is open now. Along with the BCHS and BHM, The Walmart Museum and the Arkansas Archaeological Survey will be presenting portions of the program. Resources provided by: BCHS, BHM, Museum of Native American History, Arkansas State Farm, Arkansas Department of Heritage, The Walmart Museum and the Arkansas Archaeological Survey. Registration information is displayed on the flyer. This program was made possible in part by a
grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage, funded by your 1/8 cent conservation tax, Amendment 75.

Pictured here is the Benton County Pioneer that was printed and distributed Fall of 1970.  Fun stuff!  The Benton County...
01/14/2019

Pictured here is the Benton County Pioneer that was printed and distributed Fall of 1970. Fun stuff! The Benton County Pioneer is still going strong! All members receive their very own hardcopy each and every quarter. (Reprints of past issues are also available for sale) If you are not currently a member, become one today. Message us here or email us at [email protected]. Oh and YES...we would LOVE to have your stories to put in print! Our office is closed until March 1st for inventory and cataloging, but you can reach us here or email us at [email protected]

Benton County Historical Society
10/07/2018

Benton County Historical Society

Ice Cream Social 2018

Ice Cream Social 2018
10/07/2018

Ice Cream Social 2018

Ice Cream Social 2018

09/22/2018

Our 2018 Home Tour is in the books! This tour enabled us to raise significant dollars to continue with our mission of preserving the history of Benton County! More specifically these funds will assist us in our efforts of digitization of our many historic records. Another word of thanks to our wonderful home owners who so graciously opened their homes to the public in order for this tour to happen. We could not have done it without you and our generous sponsors! Many thanks also to those who attended the tour, our board members and volunteers.

Home Owner and Large Sponsor Appreciation Social
09/22/2018

Home Owner and Large Sponsor Appreciation Social

Home Owner and Large Sponsor Appreciation Social

Yes...It's this weekend!  We are very excited about our home tour, this Saturday 9/15/18, 9:00 -4:00.  (See attached fly...
09/10/2018

Yes...It's this weekend! We are very excited about our home tour, this Saturday 9/15/18, 9:00 -4:00. (See attached flyer.) Take a look at these wonderful homes that are on our tour this year. Open, hosted and past history provided. Tour at your leisure. Tickets will be available at the office and library of Benton County Historical Society located in the Historic 1866 Bentonville Schoolhouse at 306 NW 2nd Street, Bentonville, AR. Advanced tickets are available, call (479) 273-3561. Don't miss this rare opportunity! A very special thank you to each and every home owner that has so graciously opened up their homes and allowed us to place them on tour. In addition we would like to thank our
GOLD Sponsor, BENTONVILLE MERCHANT DISTRICT and our
Contributing Sponsor, MIDTOWN ASSOCIATES, along with the many other businesses and individuals who have contributed and/or volunteered their time. SEE YOU SATURDAY!

08/27/2018

Mark your calendars! This event is fast approaching and you won't want to miss it!

Photos from Benton County Historical Society's post
07/27/2018

Photos from Benton County Historical Society's post

07/27/2018

Wonderful turnout at the NWA History Resource Fair this month. Thank you Shiloh Museum for putting this together. This event allowed us to meet many new individuals that have a great interest in learning and sharing our local history. Networking with other history organizations was an added plus!

Benton County Historical Society's cover photo
07/27/2018

Benton County Historical Society's cover photo

07/11/2018

Looking forward to the NWA History Resource Fair this Saturday! (See previous post) We will be there along with many other organizations that are involved in preserving the history of our beautiful area.

June 2018 BCHS quarterly membership meeting.  Speaker Alan Bland
06/18/2018

June 2018 BCHS quarterly membership meeting. Speaker Alan Bland

06/18/2018

We had an great quarterly membership meeting this past week. Many thanks to our wonderful speaker who shared an amazing amount of history with us. Alan Bland, Benton County native and Park Ranger for the Corp of Engineers for the past 34 years. What a treat it was to have Alan with us. Alan brought original documents and photos of the cemetery relocation activities that occurred prior to Beaver Lake (actually Beaver Reservoir as it is man made) being completed. These relocations were necessary as law prohibits federal waters from covering gravesite. We also had the opportunity to view the map of the Beaver Lake area prior to the lake being built. Fascinating information and documentation! We look forward to having Alan back again some time as his knowledge of the history of our area certainly does not end at Beaver Lake! Thank you again Alan and all members who attended.

BCHS JUNE 2018 - QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
06/18/2018

BCHS JUNE 2018 - QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

05/29/2018

The Bentonville History Museum presents "LIFE BEHIND BARS" May 31st - 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

You're invited! Free fun family event in downtown Bentonville.
Family history activity sponsored by 3M and sidewalk chalk art activities sponsored by Crayola.

Event begins at the Arvest Conference Room, there will be guided tours of the historic Benton County Jail. You will hear stories from family members who lived in the jail alongside the prisoners. There will be a special unveiling at 6:30.

Join us May 31st for this FREE family event.

11/29/2017

We are so excited about our upcoming quarterly membership meeting! Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at Benton County Historical Society (schoolhouse.) Don't miss our fabulous program, Chef Erin Rowe, author of An Ozark Culinary History. Refreshments will be served and there will be a book signing immediately following our program.

Annual Beans and Cornbread Supper and Fundraiser 2017
10/16/2017

Annual Beans and Cornbread Supper and Fundraiser 2017

Annual Beans and Cornbread Supper and Fundraiser 2017

09/07/2017
Benton County Historical Society

Benton County Historical Society

BENTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
QUARTERLY MEETING

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 AT 2:30 P.M.

PROGRAM:
GLADE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, near Garfield, has graciously agreed to provide our historic program for this quarter. We are in for a treat as we hear about the history of the Glade Community. Their program will also include a wonderful opportunity to tour the post office and the school. Thank you Patricia Heck, President and the entire Board of Directors of Glade Historical Society for allowing us this opportunity to meet and share your history with us and all our members!

LOCATION/DIRECTIONS:
Glade is located just out of Garfield and across the road from the Coal Gap School.
Hwy 62 to Garfield
Right on Highway 127, for approximately 5 miles
Take a right on Slate Gap Road, for approximately 5 miles

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

We look forward to seeing everyone!

09/03/2017

BENTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
QUARTERLY MEETING

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 AT 2:30 P.M.

PROGRAM:
GLADE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, near Garfield, has graciously agreed to provide our historic program for this quarter. We are in for a treat as we hear about the history of the Glade Community. Their program will also include a wonderful opportunity to tour the post office and the school. Thank you Patricia Heck, President and the entire Board of Directors of Glade Historical Society for allowing us this opportunity to meet and share your history with us and all our members!

LOCATION/DIRECTIONS:
Glade is located just out of Garfield and across the road from the Coal Gap School.
Hwy 62 to Garfield
Right on Highway 127, for approximately 5 miles
Take a right on Slate Gap Road, for approximately 5 miles

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

We look forward to seeing everyone!

09/08/2016
Benton County Historical Society

Join us Sunday!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2016 2:30 pm

Benton County Historical Society
Quarterly Meeting

306 NW 2nd Street, Bentonville

The program will be presented by Anita Burney, Executive Director and Mike Freels of the Elm Springs Historical Society

They will speak on their efforts to preserve and promote the local history of Elm Springs and the surrounding region. Their vision is to enrich the lives of the citizens of Elm Springs and the city's visitors with a better understanding of historic sites, special events and stories from the past that make Elm Springs unique.

Refreshments will be served.

09/05/2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016 2:30 pm

Benton County Historical Society
Quarterly Meeting

306 NW 2nd Street, Bentonville

The program will be presented by Anita Burney, Executive Director and Mike Freels of the Elm Springs Historical Society

They will speak on their efforts to preserve and promote the local history of Elm Springs and the surrounding region. Their vision is to enrich the lives of the citizens of Elm Springs and the city's visitors with a better understanding of historic sites, special events and stories from the past that make Elm Springs unique.

Refreshments will be served.

05/27/2016

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 12 at 2:30 pm. We will be meeting at the Historic Harbor House in Sulphur Springs for a presentation and then tour of historic sites. It is located at 400 E Patterson. Rides are available for tours, please carpool if possible. Can't wait to see you there. Please share!

Address

306 NW 2nd St
Bentonville, AR
72712

General information

The Benton County Historical Society is located at The Schoolhouse at 306 N. W. 2nd Street in Bentonville. We are open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Please call ahead if possible. The phone number is 479-273-3561.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 3pm
Tuesday 10am - 3pm
Wednesday 10am - 3pm
Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 10am - 3pm

Telephone

+14792733561

Products

Periodicals, 1903 Benton County Atlas CD, Obituaries of Benton County, The Pioneer, a periodical done by BCHS for its members, other misc history books

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Thoughts and Observations: I am looking through pictures and with Country Music playing, musing about how time has evaporated. Just the quality of homegrown photos indicates the technology changes I have seen in my life. One picture is my parents in 1947, where they are standing has been bulldozed away, it is under 30 plus feet of soil, rocks and other material. It was my granddad's farm. It was about in the middle of what would become “new Bella Vista.” ** Now this spot is Trafalgar lane. Now my Grandfather's field across from what was then state road 88 is a golf course People loved, lived, had dreams and died at this at this site. Now it's all gone part of unending change. Bill Cash Jr. *** As I Understand "old Bella Vista" was roaring in the roaring twenties. But It started to "go downhill" after the stock market crash of 1929. My Dad and Uncle Jim worked there as golf caddies and they also worked at Post Winery located at Bella Vista
Does anyone know any interesting bits of history about the Rocky Branch area out near Hobbs and War Eagle?
I am trying to find information on David Twiggs died 21 August 1883 in Benton County. I am looking for information that might connect him to his father Timothy Twiggs, born 1771 Ireland and died 1821 in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Wondered if you have anything on him in your records.
My Grandfather William ( Bill ) Cheek lived in Kansas before moving to Illinois. He played a lot of baseball and I thought he played in Kansas. According to these articles, it looks like he might have played for teams in Arkansas? Wondering what kind of teams these were. Sunday morning, Farm teams? Any thoughts?
I am trying to find a point of contact for the cemetery in Maysville - name and number are needed. THANKS in advance.
An Iron Cross? Seriously? Y'all aren't even trying to hide it are you?
Does anyone happen to have a photo of the Bella Vista Police Department and/or the Benton County Sheriff's Department in the late sixties? Hopefully with the officer's names listed? I think my father worked for one or both departments and I'm looking for a photograph. Thanks.
I am looking for a copy of "Captain Samuel Woods of King's Mountain". I need to know if one of his grandchildren is included in this record. Oliver Woods and Nancy, his wife, had a daughter, Jane Elvira, who was born around 1820, about the time they were leaving the area and was left behind, as was their other daughter, Nancy Louisa. Elvira lived her life in Giles/Marshall Co, TN. Can you help me?
n visiting the Benton County Historical Society we ran across this exhibit of the first piano in Benton County. Only to discover that it belonged to my 2 times Great Uncle and Aunt who had it brought down the river on a paddle wheel steam boat. The curators asked Hunter to play something on it.
I am looking for some information on the William and Mary Cloe family who lived near Bentonville in the 1870's to early 1890s. Can someone direct me to some Benton county resources for that time period?
Homeschool parents and students are invited to attend the Arkansas History Program hosted by the Benton Co. Historical Society and the Bentonville History Museum. For more info about homeschool programs, visit this link: https://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/alternate-local-resource-submission-form/