The Oldest Building In Arkansas…Is Right Here!

Several months ago Chuck Dovish and his cameraman from the Exploring Arkansas program on the Arkansas Educational Television Network visited Randolph County to do a story on Halls Creek Canyon at Ravenden Springs. At that time, I tried to get him to drive by the Rice-Upshaw House at nearby Dalton. It’s the oldest building in the state of Arkansas. He said he didn’t have time, but would come back another time to see it.
I never heard any more about it, but was delighted to see that the newest episode of his program has a lengthy segment on the 1828 structure, at the 12 minute point of this month’s episode. Cindy Robinette and Jan Ziegler do a great job speaking about the history of the building, and its restoration. View the episode here.

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