Saturday, May 24, 2014

Touring Eastern Arkansas

Beautiful weather and a case of cabin fever lead to an afternoon tour of Eastern Arkansas. There were several sites in the area I wanted to visit. My husband was agreeable and we were off.

The first destination was Tyronza for a visit to the Southern Farmers Tenant Museum. We enjoyed the guided tour.

Being a photography enthusiast, I really enjoyed the old photographs.

Examples of architecture during the tenant farming era are depicted in the above photographs.  Note the "dog trot" house and the "shotgun" house.

Adjacent to the museum are several restored businesses including this gas station.

We tried the new restaurant in Tyronza, Tyboogies, for lunch.

Southern lunch of fried catfish, fried chicken, white beans, greens and a biscuit.
Now time for more sight seeing.

After a short drive we arrived in Lepanto, the home of "The Painted House" from the movie of the same name adapted from the book by John Grisham.

The barn and outhouse at "The Painted House"

In Dyess we stopped by the Dyess Colony Headquarters.
This is one of those "40 acres and a mule" stories.

The Johnny Cash boyhood home has been recently restored by Arkansas State University. The house was fenced off but I was able to snap a few photos through the fence. It was one of the "colony" houses.

Restored dog trot house in Crittenden County.

The marker in Twist, AR with the story of how B.B. King's guitar got the name Lucille.

The Veterans Cemetery at Birdeye, Arkansas.

Happy Memorial Day