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Tag: Helena Arkansas

Kelly’s in Helena

If you want a great sandwich or breakfast, stop by Kelly’s restaurant in Helena. Better than fast food places, sandwiches are prepared when you order them. Although not a fancy place, Kelly’s is a welcoming and comfortable one. I had a cheeseburger and fries. Kelly’s is open early for breakfast and serves a variety of… 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 ›

William Henry Grey

William Henry Grey was born on December 22, 1829 in Washington, D.C.  His mother was Elizabeth Grey, who was a slave until being granted her freedom by Henry Alexander Wise.  Wise was a U.S. Congressman from Virginia and there were rumors that William was his son.  Although Wise never officially recognized him, he followed the… Read More ›

Delta Cultural Center’s Fall Historical Play

The Delta Cultural Center, working in conjunction with the Helena-West Helena School District hosted a play dealing with historical characters from the region.  There was a Thriller theme and the kids did a Michael Jackson show at the end of the program. The event took place at the Boys and Girls Club in West Helena…. Read More ›

Robert Nighthawk

“Nobody else could play a slide like him.  They think they can but they can’t…. I ain’t never heard anybody play a slide like Robert Nighthawk.  It’s wailin’ man.” Thats what everybody said about Robert Lee McCollum,  aka.  Robert Nighthawk.  He was born on November 30, 1909 near Searcy, Arkansas.  Many modern day blues artists learned… 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 ›

August Moon

August Moon was closed for awhile and I’m really glad it reopened because I never had a chance to come by before. Don’t let the name or looks fool you, it’s a delicious Southern food kind of restaurant. Customers can order off the menu or choose the plate lunch which has a choice of one… Read More ›

J. W. Hall & Company

This restaurant has a new owner since Blues Fest. He is just getting going and changes his menu up. Sometimes there is fresh soup and other days, loaded baked potatoes. I had the catfish plate which included catfish, slaw, and fries. It is a very unique place located on Cherry Street in downtown Helena. Mainly… Read More ›

The Union Army Marches into Helena

In 1862, the Union Army under General Samuel Curtis marched into Helena, Arkansas. They would remain until 1866. Thousands of African Americans would flee to Helena because they knew freedom was there. The Battle of Helena took place on July 4, 1863. Helena was the starting point for the Yazoo Pass Expedition in an attempt… Read More ›

Battery C

Battery C is a park operated by the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas. It describes the struggle for Battery C on Graveyard Hill during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. It has an amazing overlook of Helena and the Mississippi River. On this hill was where some of the fiercest fighting took… Read More ›

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