REACH Sites Schedule for 2019

REACH sites will be open to the public on the Second Saturday of each month from April through October, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. as well as every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition, student and other groups may schedule a visit by contacting the BRTC Office of...

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Something exceptional…

Something exceptional…

has been taking place on the banks of the Eleven Point River in northwest Randolph County, Arkansas. Two early-nineteenth century log structures constructed in Arkansas’s territorial period have inspired a multidisciplinary historic preservation project undertaken by...

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The 1828 Rice-Upshaw House

The 1828 Rice-Upshaw House

  The Rice-Upshaw House was initially constructed in 1828 and used possibly as a one-story store / loom house by the builder Reuben Rice. Reuben established a rural trading center soon after the Rice family arrived in the Eleven Point river Valley in 1812.  The...

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The 1833 William Looney Tavern

The 1833 William Looney Tavern

  One of Arkansas’s and the regions’ most finely crafted log structures, the 1833 white oak log dogtrot  constructed by William Looney is considered to have functioned as a rural tavern as well serving Looney’s distilling industry. He produced apple brandy in a...

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Transferring Traditions

Transferring Traditions

Two centuries ago yeoman farmers transferred traditions rooted in the 18th century to their new homeland in the Eleven Point River Valley. A great-grand-daughter of pioneer William Looney, Ozella Miller, married Andrew Jackson Upshaw, a great-grandson of another...

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Education

Education

  The value of the Rice-Upshaw House and William Looney Tavern as sites of heritage tourism is a given.  Their value as “silent educators” is equally important.  The log structures serve as an education lab for students of all ages, elementary to graduate, and a...

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Follow the links to learn ABOUT REACH, the RESTORATION story, and the HISTORY of Anglo American and African  American settlement in the Eleven Point River Valley two centuries ago. Explore EDUCATION to see how BRTC students are connecting to the past through Project...

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