Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center Improvement Projects Taking Shape

This winter, the Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center has been completing lots of construction and improvement projects. These projects are taking shape as we prepare for tourist season and the opportunity to host the Arkansas Museums Association Annual Conference in late March.

In the Tomlinson Art & Science Center, the Windgate Studio is now completed. This classroom is equipped for art and science programs, including adult education programs.

The historic Coal House has been completely renovated with new carpeting and furnishings to house the Easton Education Center. This premier facility will be a great location for corporate retreats, trainings and meetings.

The greatest attention has been given to the Heritage & Visitor Center. A new Winter Camp exhibit has been installed by Jill Easton and Billy and Cathy Bennett. The front display window is now complete, the Artisan Gift Shop has been expanded, a new Information-Technology Center has been completed, along with the addition of a new Calico Landing exhibit and river railroad diorama. There will be completely new exhibits on the railroad depot and schoolhouse.

Improvements are continuing over the next few weeks. We hope you will come visit to see all the changes.

To view photos of the progress, visit our website:


New Window Display at Calico Rock MuseumCalico Rock Museum Foundation
104 Main Street
Calico Rock, Arkansas 72519

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.