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Using advanced technology to understand the past.
Like the methods of Crime Scene Investigators, science provides a variety of ways to look beneath the surface of the Drennen House grounds for evidence of the past. Techniques like gradiometry, …
John Drennen made profitable choices during his diverse professional life as merchant, bank trustee, plantation owner, and Indian agent.
He linked his future to the fledgling town of Van Buren, and built his family home here, overlooking the Ar…
From the front of his home, John Drennen could overlook the bustling port town of Van Buren, including the wharf originally known as Phillips Landing.
Until after the Civil War, the Arkansas River and the steamboats that plied its waters link…
After the Dec. 7, 1862, Battle of Prairie Grove, the Union Frontier Division set out to strike Confederate forces on the Arkansas River. On Dec. 27, 8,000 Union troops headed south through the Boston Mountains. They hit Van Buren on Dec. 28 and op…
Remember those who served
and those who died
Killed in Action
Maj. Walter Hugh Moon
Capt. Jimmy Cartwright
LCpl. Roger Dale Cecil
LCpl. Billy Dale Livingston
SSgt. Samuel Ray Nixon
PFC. Jewel Lee Rainwater
GMG1 Arthur C. Williams Jr.
Hebe, Greek goddess of youth and happiness was placed in her fountain on the Crawford County Courthouse lawn in 1908 by the Women's Village Improvement Society.
Repairs were made to both Hebe and fountain in memory of Robert Benham who served a…
On this lawn
was erected our first
Courthouse in 1841 and
has been the scene for many
events during the wars
in which Crawford County boys fought.
Mexican War, 1846.
War Between the States, 1861-1865.
Spanish American War, 1898. World War,…
The companies of soldiers that came out
of Van Buren were formed at this historic
landmark. It is also the site where some
infantry and Calvary units camped and
drilled. There were nine different
companies that were formed in Crawford
In this small log building Albert Pike noted lawyer, poet and mason taught school in 1832. He later went to Little Rock to become editor of the Advocate.
In memory of
Merle D. Hay
James B. Gresham
They were the first members of
the Expeditionary Army of the
United States in France to die
that we might live
stricken on the field of glory,
November 3, 1917.
Dulse et de…