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Magnolia Manor

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City/County/Congressional District: Arkadelphia , Clark County ( District 4 )
Location Class: Residential
Year Built: 1854
Historic Designation: National Register of Historic Places 1972
Status: Restored

Sitting on twelve acres of land with a caretaker’s cottage barn, Magnolia Manor is a remarkably preserved example of a nineteenth-century rural residence. Completed in 1857 for John B. McDaniel, many of the materials used to construct the house were found or made right on the property, including the bricks, nails, and oak, pine, and walnut wood. The house was built in a mixture of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles, both of which were popular in the period around the Civil War, and it was named for the Magnolia trees that McDaniel planted on the property. Magnolia Manor became the property of Henderson State University in 1999, and they had planned to turn the house into a conference center. However, the estimated cost to complete the project caused the University to cancel its plans. Earlier this year, the property was sold to Park Hill Baptist Church, located just to the east of the property.

This property has been completely restored by the owner who resides there.