Fay Jones exhibit
The Fay Jones exhibit, on loan from the Old Statehouse Museum in Little Rock, is drawing lots of interest. Architect Fay Jones, a native of Fayetteville, designed the Cooper Chapel, the Bella Vista Country Club, and at least one private residence in Bella Vista. We recently learned that he also contributed to the design of the Bella Vista Memorial Cemetery. The exhibit includes information about how he became interested in architecture after seeing a documentary when he was still in high school about Frank Lloyd Wright's work, with whom he later studied. Come and see the exhibit and view the videos that include an interview with Jones. Admission is always free.
An old log cabin was donated earlier this year to the museum by Mr. and Mrs. Scott Butler and is being prepared for its move later this fall to the museum grounds. It was originally built in the 1916 timeframe by C. C. Cooper (no relation to Cooper Communities) near the present day intersection of Glasgow and Timbercrest, just inside the Highlands Gates in Bella Vista, and was dismantled and rebuilt by Paul Parish in its present configuration in 1974 near Lake Avalon. The old front and side porches have been removed, with the weathered wood salvaged for possible re-use after the cabin is relocated. We hope to equip the cabin with period furnishings and produce videos that show the family history related to the cabin, so contributions to this project are very much welcome.
Our annual open house has been scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. Local businesses are donating lots of door prizes, and refreshments will be served. The entire museum will be open for touring.
Private tours of the museum are available outside of normal open hours for church groups, students, civic clubs, businesses, etc. To arrange for a tour, leave a message at the museum, 479-855-2335, or contact Xyta Lucas at 479-876-6118.
Hours of operation
The Historical Museum is located at the corner of U.S. Highway 71 and Kingsland Road and is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The phone number is 479-855-2335.Community on 09/12/2018
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