Randolph County Heritage Museum

The Randolph County Heritage Museum, on the Pocahontas town square just around the corner from the Lesmeister Guesthouse and across the square from The St. Charles, is one of the finest local museums in Arkansas. Since Randolph County was one of the first places settled by Europeans and Africans in Arkansas, there’s a long history here and it’s beautifully displayed in our local museum.

A couple of years ago some volunteers moved an old button factory from the banks of Black River just south of Overlook Park, dismantled it, and rebuilt it inside the museum. The button factory demonstrates how, in the days before plastic buttons, local people dredged mussel shells out of the river and drilled round mother of pearl “blanks” out of the shells to be turned into buttons.

The museum, open every day except Sunday, also houses our wonderful archives of local written memories and many oral history tapes, and it has a wonderful little gift shop full of local souvenirs. They also host the downtown Pocahontas live webcam.

This huge alligator gar, caught in the 1950s in the Black River that flows by Pocahontas, was mounted and is now on display in the Randolph County Heritage Museum. Our gar has been featured on the Discovery Channel series "River Monsters". (Don't worry...it's a fish, not an alligator! Google it.)

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