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Tag: Phillips County

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 ›

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 ›

Civil War Roundtable

The Delta Cultural Center hosts a number of Civil War Roundtables every year where experts on that conflict discuss topics of interest. They are usually held at Beth-el Heritage Hall which is found at 406 Perry Street, Helena, Arkansas 72342. On November 8th, Dr. Michael Dougan discussed the military life of General Thomas Hindman and… 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 ›

Helena Museum of Phillips County

The Helena Museum is a large two story museum located in downtown Helena, Arkansas.  It dates back to the 1930s and offers a wide variety of exhibits from the Victorian Era, military uniforms, furniture, and lots of items from the Civil War. As you walk through the front door of the museum, it is almost… Read More ›

Southbound Tavern

Southbound Tavern is a favorite eatery for people living in and visiting Helena, Arkansas. They have wonderful appetizers like the gumbo.  It has a great taste and a good way to start off your meal. I love the shrimp po boy sandwich. Don’t know what they do, but I would walk ten miles to get… Read More ›

Helena River Park

If you just want to sit and watch the mighty Mississippi roll by, then take some time and visit the Helena River Park.

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