A marker will be unveiled at New Edinburg’s commercial historic district at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28.
The event is part of the Division of Arkansas Heritage’s program to assist communities in the placement of historical markers across the state, acording to Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism (ADPHT).
The New Edinburg Commercial Historic District, located along the north and south sides of Highway 8, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 4, 2001, as a representative collection of Craftsman-style architecture reflecting the history of commerce in a small rural community from the 1890s to the 1940s, according to a news release.
Eleven buildings comprise the district: the new Edinburg Hotel built in 1879 by Tom Clements and now a private home, Stewart Cash Store, Hamaker-Hearnsberger Store, Cathey Café & Barbershop, Parham Store, Parrot Grocery Store, Lash Store, Haskins Blacksmith Shop, Frey Store, Smith Service Garage and one non-commercial building – the Gill Residence.
“I am so happy to welcome New Edinburg to the Arkansas Marker Program,” said Hurst. “It’s always exciting to see a community come together to recognize the importance of telling their own story.”
This marker is the 12th to be placed since the program was introduced last year. To participate in the program, markers must commemorate a historic person, place or event, and significance must have been attained at least 50 years ago. Markers must be sponsored by civic groups and organizations, such as chambers of commerce, historical societies, or individuals partnering with these organizations.
The cost of the markers will be split 50/50 between the Division of Arkansas Heritage and the sponsoring organization. The total costs are $1,950 for a one-sided marker or $2,050 for a two-sided marker, with a one-time maintenance fee of $200. A designated historical marker program review committee has final approval on marker eligibility and text, and all markers are manufactured by a vendor selected by the Division of Arkansas Heritage.
A detailed description of the program and the application process is available on the Division of Arkansas Heritage web site at http://www.arkansasheritage.com/Programs/arkansas-historical-markers or by calling Program Coordinator Stephanie Haught Wade at 501-324-9150.