The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) will present its Sandwiching in History tour at noon on Friday, March 6, at The Baker, 501 Main St., North Little Rock; and the Walks Through History Tour of Lockesburg in Sevier County will meet on Saturday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at the UA Cossatot, Lockesburg High School Gymnasium, 128 East Main Street. 

Constructed by A.E. Colburn and Henry Glenn from 1897 to 1899, The Baker is one of the last surviving large-scale Queen Anne style residences in North Little Rock. After several owners, the Baker family purchased the house in 1916 and owned the property until 1977. After a restoration in the 1980s, the house was transformed into a bed-and-breakfast during the 1990s. Today the house is known as The Baker, a boutique hotel.

Lockesburg has officially declared the county seat of Sevier County in 1869. By 1878, the town was incorporated and was quickly growing into a local center of farm trade and business. During the 1890s, the city was bypassed by a new railroad and De Queen has soon named the new county seat in 1905. The city of Lockesburg continued to be a center for the local timber trade through the 1950s.

These free educational tours explore culturally significant sites across Arkansas. Sandwiching in History Tours focus on Central Arkansas sites and begin at noon and last approximately one hour. Upcoming Sandwiching in History tours include:

  • Old Mill, T. R. Pugh Memorial Park, 3800 Lakeshore Dr., North Little Rock (April 3)
  • Gann Museum and Gann House, 218 S Market St., Benton (May 1)
  • Junction Bridge, Little Rock Riverfront Park (June 5)
  • Winchester Auto Store, 801 South Spring St., Little Rock (July 10)
  • Sappington Reinman House, 1609 S. Center St., Little Rock (August 7)
  • Boyle Park Pavilion #1 and #2, Leander Drive in Boyle Park, Little Rock (September 4)
  • St. Joseph’s Orphanage, 6800 Camp Robinson Rd., North Little Rock (October 2)
  • Old State House, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock (November 6)
  • St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1622 Marshall St., Little Rock (December 4)

Additionally, AHPP provides quarterly Walks Through History tours in locations around the state. These tours begin at 11 a.m. and last until approximately 1 p.m. The quarterly Walks Through History tours for 2020 include:

  • Van Buren, Crawford County (May 23)
  • Paragould, Greene County (September 19)
  • Star City, Lincoln County (November 14)

Those attending any of our tours are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, seasonally and weather-appropriate clothing, and exercise respect for property owners and pedestrians when parking. Tours generally occur rain or shine; however, those interested should follow the

AHPP’s Facebook page for any last-minute news about tours, as severe weather has caused postponements or rescheduling in the past. For more information, please reach out to the AHPP  by calling 501-324-9150.

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