Pricey Pads Takes A Tour Around Historic Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Desperate for adventure and new scenery, we recently bit the bullet and booked an impromptu trip to historic Little Rock, Arkansas. This was our first time heading to the storied city, which dates back to the early 1800s, and with the help of local resident Timothy, we were off to see all the sights & scenery there was to offer. We spent a lot of time in the Quapaw Quarter of Little Rock, a historic area home to some of the cities most historic businesses and residential neighbourhoods, and location of the Arkansas’ Governors Mansion. Here we found the Dr. Frank Rogers House c.1915, Turner-Back House c.1884, and Ragland House which was built by architect Charles Thompson c.1891. We explored several blocks of the historic Quapaw Quarter and managed to capture some beautiful pieces of architecture which you can see below. We then headed downtown to the historic Old State House, the oldest surviving state capitol building west of the Mississipi River. It was built c.1836 and with over 27,000 square feet of space to explore, it’s the perfect place for anybody who enjoys history. The staff were extremely friendly and the exhibits were very interesting. While there is a lot of history to explore in downtown Little Rock, we also ventured out to Conway, Arkansas, a somewhat small town of about 64,000 residents with roots dating back to c.1872. Conway is home to one of the most beautiful campuses in Central Arkansas, with notably historic roots and grand-scale campus buildings. The University of Central Arkansas (formerly known as Arkansas State Normal School) was established in 1907 and features Georgian architecture which has remained consistent in both new and old construction for over a century. The oldest building currently on campus is Old Main Hall which was completed in 1919 and built by George Donaghey. Just minutes from the beautifully kept grounds of UCA is Conway’s historic district with Toad Suck Square serving as the focal point. Here we found a variety of charming shops, restaurants, and architecture that you just don’t see here in Vancouver, BC. If you’re looking for a casual place to socialize and get your coffee fix then be sure to check out Blue Sail Coffee, a relatively new trendy industrial-style coffee shop featuring ethically sourced coffee and a variety of food options served on wood planks. If you have even the slightest bit of interest in antiques then visiting Jenifer’s Antiques is an absolute must. We spent a great deal of time in the shop checking out vintage appliances, antique crystal chandeliers, and a super retro lemon lime table (see below), you could get lost for hours. Throughout the week we refueled at a variety of restaurants & specialty shops including Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, Cracker Barrell Old Country Store, The Patio Café, Andy’s Frozen Custard, and Zaxby’s Chicken Fingers & Buffalo Wings, all places we don’t have here in Canada! While the southern heat was much different than the climate in Vancouver, you do get used to it with time, and thankfully nearly every business both new & old are equipped with strong air conditioning. We will definitley be heading back down to Little Rock for a little more exploring as there are still many sights that we didn’t get a chance to see! Scroll down and check out a selection of photos from the trip.