Friday, September 7, 2007

Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville, AR

Old Independence Regional Museum
P.O. Box 4506
Batesville, AR 72503

Phone 870-793-2121

The building which now houses the Old Independence Regional Museum was constructed by the WPA in 1936 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building has been restored, and was opened as a museum in September of 1998.

Its interior architecture is expansive and modern. Its exhibits are interpretive and educational.

The museum preserves and presents the history of the 12 present counties which were at one time all part of Independence County: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff.

The building is located at 380 S. Ninth Street in Batesville, Arkansas.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and Sundays from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Closed Mondays, legal holidays, and Easter.

The museum features a combination of exhibit areas, including the Shawnee Room, where visitors can learn about some of the earliest residents of Old Independence from a docent/interpreter. A video presentation gives a further sense of the Shawnee interaction with traders and settlers who moved into the region. Artifacts and scenery give visitors to the room a chance to go back in time and visit the region's Native Americans.

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