An added advantage of having our inn in Hot Springs is the close proximity to Little Rock. Often our guests add a day onto their Hot Springs vacation and enjoy visits to two of the national historic sites in Little Rock.
One of my favorite places to return to in L.R. is the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.
Every time I visit I learn something new! The library includes exhibits (such as a table set for a head of state dinner, and Mrs. Clinton’s inaugural gown). Regardless of your political perspective, this is an interesting outing. In addition to the history, including the archival collection and research facilities, the museum includes replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room. You can actually sit in the president’s chair.
Another part of our remarkable national history in Little Rock is the Central High School National Historic Site, recognized throughout the country for the role it played in the desegregation of U.S. public schools. Located in an old 50′s style gas station, the stories come alive describing the courage of the Little Rock Nine integrating the school, protected by National Guardsmen.
One of Lookout Point’s previous guests was a skinny 19 year old college student in 1957, called up to active duty for the Guards. He describes the fear, as first they were called by the governor to prevent the 9 students from entering. Shortly after, under Presidential orders, these same Guards were then called upon to protect the students.
At the museum I learned that the Arkansas governor actually shut down the high schools the following year, rather than allow integration. Thanks to the determination of mothers across the city, the schools were eventually reopened.
During your day in Little Rock, enjoy lunch in the River Market district, overlooking the wide Arkansas River. Bosco’s is a fav of ours, with their micro-brews.