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Levon Helm

Mark Lavon(Levon) Helm was born on May 26, 1940 outside Elaine in Phillips County, Arkansas to Nell and Diamond Helm.  He had two sisters and one brother. The Helms had a cotton farm and the family lived around Marvel, which is in the western part of Phillips County.  His family encouraged him to play and… Read More ›

Christmas Open House

The Delta Cultural Center hosted it’s annual Christmas Open House tonight with a festive time for all who attended. Living History enthusiast Kent Goff provided a first person World War I soldier’s experience at Christmas time 1918. Kyle Miller, the Director, then recognized the employees of the Delta Cultural Center. The Lyon College choir of… Read More ›

Lee County Courthouse

The Lee County Court House is located in downtown Marianna. It is an attractive building built on a slight rise overlooking the square. There are several Veteran’s Memorials around the grounds. Here are several more pictures of the courthouse. The city square in front of the court house is a neat place and the people… Read More ›

Village Creek State Park

Village Creek State Park contains nearly 7,000 acres located in Cross and St. Francis counties. It is located in beautiful Crowley’s Ridge which is a natural hilly area that runs through the Arkansas Delta. There are 33 miles of multi use trails, campgrounds, horse stables, 10 cabins, and 2 lakes. The visitor center has a… Read More ›

Cross County Museum

The Cross County Museum is located in Wynne, Arkansas next to the Cross County Court House. This wonderful museum is located in the old New Hope School which dates back to the early 1900s. In 2007, the school and one acre of land was donated to the Cross County Historical Society. The museum is well… Read More ›

Arkansas Welcome Center, Helena

The Arkansas Welcome Center in Helena is located at the end of the bridge as you cross from Mississippi into Arkansas. It is an extremely well kept facility with restrooms and exhibits about the state. The staff are really nice and knowledgeable about tourism across Arkansas. If you are planning a visit to the natural… Read More ›

Helena, Arkansas

Around 1797, Sylvanus Phillips moved to the Arkansas Territory from North Carolina and purchased huge tracts of land along the Mississippi River.  David Mooney and William Patterson arrived about the same time.  Patterson built a small warehouse for storing goods and provisions.  Flat boats were going down the river and he provided goods for these… Read More ›

33rd Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival

The 33rd Annual King Biscuit Blues Festival kicked off October 3rd and ran until Saturday, October 6th.  Thousands of people visited Cherry Street and listened to some great music on a variety of stages.  Vendors closed the street off early as hundreds of tourists began to arrive and many of them set up camp sites… Read More ›

Delta Cultural Center- Depot

The Delta Cultural Center Depot Museum is located in the old Missouri Pacific Depot right off Cherry Street in Helena, Arkansas.  The building dates back to 1912. The depot not only focuses on railroad history, but as a location to display artwork and promote the Arkansas Delta. Here is student artwork displayed in the lobby…. Read More ›

Sonny Boy Williamson

Alex Rice Miller was born around 1912 near Glendora, Mississippi. He traveled around the Delta playing his harmonica. In 1948, he rose to attention after the first Sonny Boy Williamson was murdered in Chicago. Miller took the name and said he had invented it first. Sonny Boy Williamson II began playing on the King Biscuit… Read More ›

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