The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s “Walks Through History” tour will visit the Nashville Commercial Historic District at Nashville in Howard County Saturday, Aug. 13.
The Howard County seat of Nashville was a regional agricultural and transportation hub in southwest Arkansas. Nashville’s growth accelerated quickly after the 1884 completion
of the Arkansas and Louisiana Railroad, making it easier to ship goods to larger markets. The historic buildings on Nashville’s Main Street are indicative of the town’s position as a center of commerce.
The free walking tour will begin at 11 a.m. at the 1912 First Presbyterian Church on the northwest corner of Second and Hempstead streets and will last about two hours. The event is co-sponsored by the Howard County Historical Society.
In the “Walks Through History” program, AHPP historians provide free guided walking tours of historic structures and districts across Arkansas. Most begin at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. The American Institute of Architects offers two HSW continuing education learning unit credits for members who attend a “Walks Through History” tour.
Other 2016 “Walks Through History” tours will be held Sept. 10, Main Street in Eureka Springs (Carroll County), co-sponsored by Main Street Eureka Springs; Oct. 15, Kensett (White County), co-sponsored by the White County Historical Society; Nov. 12, Downtown Brinkley (Monroe County), co-sponsored by the Central Delta Historical Society, and Dec. 10, Selma Methodist Church and Selma Rosenwald School (Drew County), co-sponsored by the Drew County Historical Society.
All tours are free and open to the public.