The town of Keo was the recent destination of the Senior Adult Ministry of First Baptist Church.

The town of Keo was the recent destination of the Senior Adult Ministry of First Baptist Church.

With a population of a little more than 200 people, it’s easy to think there’s not much to see in this small community. That is definitely an incorrect assumption, according to a spokesman. The tiny town packs a lot into a small area and makes a wonderful day trip, particularly for people in central Arkansas. Groves of pecan trees and huge antebellum-style homes illustrate the cotton plantation history of Keo, as do the massive cotton gins.

The group had lunch at Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets, located on Keo’s Main Street. This establishment is inside an old apothecary shop and offers great food and to-die-for desserts, like Italian créme cake and caramel pie, the spokesman said. The restaurant generates an old-fashioned feeling, with original mahogany apothecary cabinet displays containing items for sale and a soda fountain that continues to produce the confectionaries that marked its hey-day. Charlotte’s has been written up in the magazine “Southern Living” several times.

After lunch, the group visited Liza’s Closet that is also located on Keo’s Main Street. This shop has a little of everything — candles, unusual gift items, women’s clothes, jewelry and handbags. Everyone seemed to leave with a bag.

Those making the trip were the driver, Donnie Burrow; the organizer, Jeanette McGrew, Catherine Long, Sara Cromer, Wanda Scruggs, Kay Ball and Jimmie Lee Nichols.