Arkansas Civil War 150th Anniversary Traveling Exhibit Coming to Hobbs State Park

     The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861 – 1865”, a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.  The exhibit will visit cities all over the state between 2011 and 2015 to share information about Arkansas’s Civil War heritage.

     The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council is in charge of its distribution.  There is no charge to visit the exhibit.

     The supplementary Travelling Exhibit brochure states, “As we enter the 150th anniversary of a war that changed the social, economic, and political nature of Arkansas forever, it is important to reflect on the reasons for war and its impacts.  It is even more important to explore the relevance of the events of 1861 – 1865 to us as a people a century and a half after the close of hostilities.”

When:  March 16th through March 29th.

Where:  Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of the

                Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection.  The Hobbs State Park visitor center is open seven days a week from 8 am until 5 pm.

Cost:  Free - the public is invited

For more information call:  479-789-5000

To learn more about upcoming Friends of Hobbs speakers and other park programs, go to the web site:


     Civil War activity extended to the Peter Van Winkle mill on land that is now Hobbs State Park when Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn retreated from the battle of Pea Ridge with the majority of the Confederate Army of the West.  The old Van Winkle saw/grist mill was fired up by the hungry solders, and corn was ground to make hard tack, a simple type of cracker or biscuit, made from flour, water, and sometimes salt.  An official Civil War Sesquicentennial marker was recently erected at the trail head of the Historic Van Winkle Trail to commemorate the Civil War activities there.