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2017 Fall Ramble

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Rice Country Ramble
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Join Preserve Arkansas on November 4th for the Rice Country Ramble! This year, we are headed southeast to the Arkansas Grand Prairie to learn about the people who settled the region, the history of rice cultivation in Arkansas, the art of making duck calls, and more. Ramblers will also visit St. Charles, which is significant for the Civil War engagement that took place there as well as its floating Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp that provided housing for workers in the 1930s as they developed the federal wildlife refuge on the lower White River. As we journey to the southern part of Arkansas County, ramblers will see records from Arkansas’s territorial period and visit Arkansas Post, the first French settlement west of the Mississippi River.

Tickets are $125 and include motor coach transportation, historic site tours, lunch, dinner, snacks, and adult beverages. We will even be serving beer made from Arkansas rice!


  • 7:30 a.m. – Depart First Presbyterian Church in Argenta (201 W. Fourth Street, North Little Rock)Stops in order:
  • Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Slovak
  • Fairmount School, ca. 1906 rural one room schoolhouse, Fairmount
  • Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie – tour and lunch with lunch speaker Billy Starks, speaking about his life and duck call making.
  • Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, Stuttgart, for a rice taste testing and presentation by rice researchers
  • St. Charles Museum, St. Charles
  • Arkansas County Courthouse, DeWitt, for a first-hand look at the oldest records in Arkansas County with a presentation by Circuit Clerk Sarah Merchant
  • Arkansas Post National Memorial Site, Gillett
  • Private dinner in Historic Downtown Dumas
  • 10:00 p.m. – Bus returns to First Presbyterian Church, NLR

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