Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Ooooooold Jail

Here's a photo of the Old Jail as it looked around 1960 according to the Historical Society member who provided this photo. Thank goodness the Historical Society was formed and had the foresight to rescue this building before it collapsed into total disrepair. 

If you have memories of this incarnation of the Jail, post some comments for us on our Facebook page

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fiftieth Birthday Celebration

Sixty-two members and guests of the South Sebastian County Historical Society were entertained and educated at Monday night’s meeting. Former Mayor Ken Edwards presented the most interesting tale of the naming of the city of Greenwood and its selection as the Sebastian County Seat in 1851, outlining the history of our namesake, Judge Alfred Burton Greenwood.


Eight talented musicians, known as the Dulcimer Darlings, performed a selection of popular tunes from Judge Greenwood’s era, including “Bury Me Beneath the Willow,”  “Down in the Valley,” “Ole Joe Clarke,” “Wildwood Flower,” and “Amazing Grace.”



Other highlights of the evening included the surprise donation of an album of turn of the century photos of Greenwood and the recognition of fifty year Charter members of the Society including Dr. James Burgess, Drucilla Hughart and Betty and J. D. Mayo.



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Virtual Move: For Your Bookmarks


We’ve moved! Well, not in actual fact. But our home in the virtual world has changed.  You can now find our museum website at


For several years Jan Owens and students at Greenwood High School have created and maintained our website. We thank them for their many years of faithful service to the Historical Society.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Judge Greenwood Topic of Feb 18 Meeting

This month marks the Society's Fiftieth Birthday, no small thing. And what better way to celebrate than to have a birthday party!

Please join us Monday, February 18, at 7 PM at the Community Room at Farmer's Bank to mark this important milestone. There will be birthday refreshments (of course!). Our guest speaker will be former Mayor and Society member Ken Edwards who will be enlightening us on the subject of Judge Alfred Burton Greenwood, the prominent citizen for whom our city is named. What better topic for this occasion?

Members and visitors will be entertained by Dorothy Nixon and her Dulcimer Darlings, playing the popular tunes of Judge Greenwood's era.

Membership applications will  be available for those wishing to renew or establish membership. Annual dues are $15 for an individual and $25 for a family.  Members are entitled to a copy of the Society’s annual publication, The Key.  Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7 PM in the Community Room of Farmer’s Bank, 71 West Center Street in Greenwood.  Each meeting features a guest speaker presenting a topic of interest to residents of Sebastian County. All are welcome.

Directions from Fort Smith: 71 South to 10 Spur (Greenwood exit). East (left) on 10/Center Street. Farmer's Bank is just east of the first traffic light at 71 West Center Street, Greenwood, AR.






Sunday, February 3, 2013

Diggin' It!

If you've walked the greenbelt behind the Museum lately, you must have wondered what all the digging is about. The lift station behind the Vineyard Cabin is getting a major facelift and a scrubber is being installed to make that area a much nicer place to be. In the meantime, we have some major excavations going on. Can you believe the size of that boulder!?!

 I think Mr. Blaylock would have enjoyed sitting in a rocker on the dogtrot supervising all this work.