The Northwest Arkansas Heritage Brass Band will be playing, including a program of Ozark Balladry. There will be children’s activities and students from The Heritage School will even be performing dances. The Headquarters House will be open for self-guided tours using the museum's new touch screens, and the bookstore can be visited for shopping during the event.
The Washington County Historical Society, established in 1951, was an effort to identify, preserve and share the history of Washington County. “The mission of the Washington County Historical Society is to discover, preserve, and celebrate the history of Washington County, Arkansas, and to share that heritage with others,” according to its website. An idea of preserving the past with future generations in mind was the vision behind this organization.
The Headquarters House is indeed the “headquarters” for the Washington County Historical Society. As a living piece of history, this house has a Greek revival Civil War style, and was originally home to Judge Jonas Tebbetts, a New Hampshire native jailed for his Unionist sympathies. The Battle of Fayetteville took place on the home's front lawn during the Civil War and is now home to deep history and many visitors.
After 47 years of this ice cream social, it has become quite a tradition to the community of Fayetteville. Tickets are available at the entrance and are $5 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 6-12, or $15 per family. This summer occasion will for sure be a treat--- you won’t want miss out!