Category: Historic

1st Annual Cabot Civil War Muster April 28th-30th, 2017

1st Annual Cabot Civil War Muster
April 29th – In from the Field

I’ve never been a big Civil War buff but the 1st Annual Cabot Civil War Muster was held about a mile down the highway from my house on the grounds of Changepoint Church. I decided to go check it out and see what it was all about and I’m glad I did. It was interesting. I especially liked the demonstrations and the costumes of the women and children. I could not imagine having to wear the long dresses and the hoops underneath that women wore back then in the humid summers of Arkansas.

On Saturday they reenacted the Battle of Reeds Bridge (which the Confederates won) and Sunday the Battle of Bayou Fourche (a Union win). The threat of dangerous storms throughout ArkansasĀ kept many participants at home. The stormsĀ held off on Saturday until after the battle but unfortunately the artillery night fire and field hospital candlelight program both had to be cancelled. I actually had not planned on going Sunday but the flooding on Hwy 67/167 and the developing sink hole on Hwy 15 kept me at home from church. The demonstrations at the muster had been cancelled but they still reenacted the battle. It had rained off and on all morning and was still raining when they started the battle.

 

More Scenes from the Muster

Abandoned Farmhouse on Hwy 13

abandoned, home, hwy 13, carlisle

abandoned, home, hwy 13, carlisle

abandoned, home, hwy 13, carlisle

Beautiful abandoned farmhouse on Hwy 13 in Carlisle, Arkansas.

As I get out of the car I can’t help imagining the people that once lived here. The smell of freshly made biscuits in the morning, gathering eggs and milking the cow before breakfast. Everyone doing chores – pumping water from the well, harnessing the horses, plowing the fields, washing clothes by washboard or ringer washer. Friends and family helping in the harvest. Canning and preserving for the coming winter. Storing food in the root cellar. Trying to get homework done before dark, walking to school in sunshine, rain or snow. Happily looking forward to church on Sunday’s, fun programs at school, and other social events around the county. The tragedies – storms, tornadoes, crop loss … the deaths.

Esso Makes Your Car Go

esso, carlisle, arkansas

The Old Esso Station in Carlisle

At the corner of Hwys 70 and 13 in Carlisle is an old Esso gas station. I haven’t been able to find out hardly any information about the building or how long it has been there. I have found out that at one time it was an espresso shop but that it closed about 2013. I’m not sure if the building is actually abandoned or not as there is a big yellow Freeman Electric truck parked next to it.

“There’s a smile for every mile at the Esso sign. Happy motoring!”

Sylvania Presbyterian Church in Ward

Sylvania Presbyterian

Sylvania Presbyterian

This pretty little church, built in 1904, is in the Sylvania community of Ward, AR on Hwy 321 North.

The historical marker reads:

“SYLVANIA

REV. JAMES W. MOORE, A NATIVE OF
PA. AND A PIONEER OF ARKANSAS
PRESBYTERIANISM SETTLED HERE IN
1840. IN 1828 HE HAD FOUNDED THE
TERRITORY’S FIRST PREB. CHURCH IN
LITTLE ROCK. HE ESTABLISHED
SYLVANIA ACADEMY, THE FIRST
CLASSICAL SCHOOL IN ARK., AND IN
1840 HE ORGANIZED THE SYLVANIA
PREB. CHURCH. HE WAS THE CHURCH’S
PASTOR FOR MANY YEARS AND IS
BURIED HERE. FOUR BUILDING HAVE
SERVED THE CHURCH, WITH THE
INTERIOR OF THE THIRD, BUILT IN
1860, BURNED BY UNION SOLDIERS
DURING THE CIVIL WAR. THE PRESENT
STRUCTURE WAS BUILT IN 1904.

LONOKE COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION”