5 Oldest Homes in Arkansas Are Older Than The State! Have You Seen Them?
I love old houses and Arkansas has a lot of big beautiful old houses but I was wondering where the oldest houses are in the state that are still standing. The cool thing is these houses were built before Arkansas became a state in 1836 and was still just a territory.
10 Mile House
Located 10 miles from downtown Little Rock (hence the name) it's also known as the Stagecoach House. It was built either in 1825 or 1836 by the McHenry family. This house was used as a stop on the Stagecoach route, it was also occupied by Union soldiers as a post. The house is said to be haunted by a young man named David O. Dodd. He was accused of giving the positions of Union troops near Little Rock to the Confederates. He was captured close to the house. He was tried as a spy and hung. The paranormal activity at the house is believed to be David Dodd, he is also known as 'Boy Hero of the Confederacy
The Rice-Upshaw House
Built in 1826 this house is located just south of Dalton, Arkansas in Randolph County. It was built by Reuben Rice, who according to Arkansas Tourism established a rural trading center in back 1812. In the 1840s it became a family home and is the oldest standing private dwelling in Arkansas.
Rice-Upshaw House by Asimov72455 / CC BY-SA 3.0
Located at 653 S. Biscoe Street, Helena-West Helena. This house was built in the late 1820s by Fleetwood Hanks and his descendants lived in the house for 170 years. It was once used as a Union hospital during the Civil War and is now going under construction to be the Civil War Helena Visitor Center. We have a video posted at the bottom of the page of Estevan Hall.
Jesse Hinderliter House
Also known as the Tavern, located in Little Rock at 214 East 3rd Street was built by Jesse Hinderliter. He settled in Arkansas from St. Louis and built this home in 1827. He lived upstairs and then turned the bottom into a Tavern or back in the day called a Grog Shop. This house is believed to be the only surviving building in Little Rock that dates back to Arkansas' statehood.
The Morrow Farmstead
Build in 1828, George Morrow built this home in Morrow, Arkansas. It has gone through an extensive restoration by a local couple and the state has recognized them for their work on the house. You can read more and see an updated photo of the house here.
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