Main Street is the heart and soul of Batesville — which is not only the oldest surviving town in the state but is uniquely situated between the Mississippi Delta flatlands and the scenic Ozark mountains in      Northcentral Arkansas.
The intriguing historical downtown once served as a hub for both steamboats and trains bringing dry goods into the region and hauling raw agricultural commodities (like cotton) out. Today, following a 3-year reinvestment and beautification overhaul, the downtown once again buzzes with activity. The street is lined with the town’s signature limestone buildings, many almost 200 years old and boasting colorful histories, as well as more than 40 flower beds filled with local species.
Main Street Batesville is a proud home to 100 percent locally-owned small businesses: a diner, a coffee house, high-rated restaurants, a bookstore, and several one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty shops. Downtown is also home to a new food truck park, as well as the Melba Theater, whose recent restoration has attracted statewide acclaim. In 2018, the Independence County Library, a multi-million dollar addition for the region, opened its doors in the former Barnett Brothers Department Store. And coming soon is the Royal Hotel, boutique luxury accommodations, as well as the opening of Phase II of Maxfield Park, located just behind Main Street on the Polk Bayou. Plan your visit at