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Forrest City Things to Do

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    by grandmaR Written Apr 8, 2011

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    We stopped at the Arkansas Welcome Station and got a map. Since we are staying in Forrest City tonight and I looked in the booklet for there and saw that there was a museum - free.

    Located in the restored, historic Rush-Gates home; exhibits include the J.O. Rush relic collection, reconstructed doctor's office, geology and fossils from Crowley's Ridge, county, veterans, and African-American history. Temporary and seasonal exhibits year-round; also serves as the central visitors center for the Crowley's Ridge National Scenic byway

    Hours:
    Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm

    We were (according to the GPS) to get here at 4:30 so I figured we'd check out the museum. We got to the museum OK although the railroad gates were down and the lights flashing right down where we had to turn - due to a truck being on the track and not a train.

    We got a parking place on the street by pulling into where a woman was leaving, but the museum was locked up tight even though it was only 1640. I wonder if the woman wasn't maybe the museum person leaving early. I peeked in through the glass door (photo 4) and we knocked and rang the bell, but no one came.

    Rush Gates house museum Sign on the museum Outhouse back of the museum (??) Looking in through the door Picture from across the street
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Forrest City Hotels

  • Comfort Suites Forrest City

    320 Holiday Drive, Forrest City, Arkansas, 72335, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hampton Inn Forrest City, Ar.

    I picked this Hampton Inn because it was an appropriate distance between Frisco and Nashville. When...

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  • Days Inn Forrest City

    200 Holiday Dr, Forrest City, AR 72335

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

  • Super 8 Motel - Forrest City

    215 Barrow Hill Rd, I-40 @ Hwy 1 NE Exit 241B, Forrest City, Arkansas, 72335, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

  • Luxury Inn & Suites

    315 Barrow Hill Road, Forrest City, Arkansas, 72335, United States

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

  • Americas Best Value Inn/Forrest City

    115 Barrow Hill Road, Forrest City, Arkansas, 72335, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Best Western Colony Inn

    2333 North Washington, Forrest City, Arkansas, 72335, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Business

  • Days Suites Forrest City Ar

    350 Barrow Hill Rd, Forrest City, AR 72335

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

  • Econo Lodge Forrest City

    204 Holiday Dr, Forrest City, AR 72335

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

Forrest City Restaurants

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 8, 2011

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    Bob wanted to go to dinner and from the literature in the room he picked the Ole Sawmill Cafe and we got directions from the desk clerk.

    Bob said probably the only out of state license in the lot was on our car. When we got back to the Hampton Inn the girl asked how we liked it and Bob said he liked it fine. I said it was very "local". She said people either loved it or hated it.

    Favorite Dish: This turned out to be a buffet and not IMHO a very good one. They did have an extensive salad bar, but the main section had some collard greens, mashed potatoes with various kinds of gravy, fried fish, fried chicken, baked chicken, some meat in gravy, stewed tomatoes, what we think was hominy (nothing was labeled), carrots, limas and maybe sweet potatoes (I didn't try any so I don't know). The also had corn muffins and yeast rolls, butter or honey butter. For dessert there was apple and peach cobbler, bread pudding, brownie, some cake and a bunch of cookies and soft serve ice cream.

    I don't care much for buffets. But although they had table service, the buffet was $9.50 and it didn't look like we could have ordered anything on the menu that wouldn't have been at least that.

    This is an older version of the Cracker Barrel chain. I don't like them either.

    BREAKFAST BUFFET 6AM-10:30AM 7 DAYS A WEEK.

    COUNTRY STYLE BUFFET 11AM-9PM MON-SAT.

    FRIDAY NITE SEAFOOD BUFFET 5PM-10PM.

    SATURDAY NITE RIB & FISH BUFFET 5PM-10PM.

    SUNDAY BUFFET FEATURING HOMEMADE DRESSING 11AM-9PM.

    Sign at night Menu Sign at entrance Sample items from the buffet Buffet
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Forrest City Shopping

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    by grandmaR Written Apr 8, 2011

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    The Ole Sawmill Cafe very cleverly routes you through a large "antique" shop before you can get to the part where you get the food. Then when you leave, the cash register where you pay is right in the middle of the gift shop.

    What to buy: I didn't buy anything here. They had an amazing selection of dolls with blonde hair and fancy dresses.

    Dolls St. Patricks Day display Bob walking in Display of Jams and Jellies Store front
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Forrest City Favorites

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    by grandmaR Written Apr 8, 2011

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    Favorite thing: I can't find out much about it, but there are about 7 murals of old time Forrest City including one showing how an Indian would view the new railroad. I did not find the one of the Indian, but I did photograph a few of them.

    There was also a sign in front of the museum (photo 4) which talked about this area during the Civil War

    St. Francis County
    Troops in War Between the States
    St. Francis County was predominately sympathetic to the southern cause. Raised five companies. The first company known as the "Linden Dead Shots" was raised by Poindexter Dunn who also served as Captain. This company marched away from here in 1861 and later participated in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickauga, Rincoold Cap. Golgotha Church, Kenesaw Mountain, Jonesboro and Franklin. Their gallantry was attested by the fact that of the one hundred who went away only twenty-one returned and many of these had lost an arm or leg or bore wounds.

    Fondest memory: Bob likes to photograph signs, and he photographed the one outside the museum which told about Forrest City during the Civil War, and he took great pleasure in correcting my spelling when I spelled Forrest with one R.

    Another of the historic signs says:

    "Forrest's Camp
    Birth of a City
    In 1866 General Nathan Bedford Forrest, along with about 1,000 workmen pitched camp in the vicinity of what is now Front Street on land belonging to the Izard and Jewett families. By 1868 they had succeeded in making a cut through Crowley's Ridge and laying track for the Memphis and Little Rock Railroad. The county surveyor, John C. Hill, drew the plat for a town on March 1, 1869, and on May 11, 1870, the community was officially incorporated as Forrest City. Within a year trains were running regularly and Front Street was a thriving business district. By 1892 most of the buildings were brick, and many of those early brick structures are still a part of this historic site. (photo 3)

    Mural on the side of a store Railroad tracks in town Old courthouse Sign in fron of the museum Side of the museum
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