Celebrate the fall season with Old Independence Regional Museum at the 8th annual Fall Family Day, Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s program is “Wheels” themed and will feature a variety of vehicles ranging from 1949 Chevy to a 1970 Dodge A100. The event, sponsored in part by O’Reilly’s Auto Parts of Batesville, will include crafts and games such as car decorating, road layer cake, and box car races. “We are excited to continue offering this free event and provide fun ways for people to learn history,” stated Humanities Educator Amanda Nikkel.

First Community Bank will provide hot dogs with condiments donated by Kroger. First Community and Citizen’s Banks will both supply bottled water. “We are grateful for the generosity of our local banks and businesses to donate money and supplies for our programs so we can focus on making the event more fun for our visitors,” said museum director Amelia Bowman.  “We would also like to thank Ray’s Garage, Don Renshaw Daniel Wallace, Brian Ritchie and Ed Gardner for bringing their vehicles to display for Museum visitors.”

The museum currently has two transportation exhibits. “Wheels! Taking Us from Here to There,” features a 1966 Gold Mustang, a covered wagon, a carriage, and a Victor High Wheel bicycle. “Region on the Move,” a permanent exhibit, focuses on transportation’s role in shaping this area of Arkansas. “Transportation has changed drastically since the over time,” explains Curator of Exhibits Twyla Wright “we are lucky to be able to show much of that evolution through our exhibits, collections, and programs.”

Old Independence serves a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff.  Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820s Arkansas territory.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children.  The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville.   During your visit, stop by our gift shop.  We stock many items from local artists, authors, and crafters, as well as historical toys and games.

The program will be free and open to the public. Normal museum hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children.  The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville.

Old Independence is a regional museum serving a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff. Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820’s Arkansas territory.