Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Prairie Grove Battlefield - Ozarks Village
The first section of the Battlefield Trail at Prairie Grove Battlefield passes through a fascinating collection of historic structures saved from locations around the Ozark Plateau. None of these buildings were originally on the battlefield, but they were saved by the community and relocated to the site to provide visitors with a good understanding of the normal homes, churches and schools in the region during the Civil War. Beautifully restored and maintained, the village represents one of the few places that life in the Ozarks as it was lived during the 1860s can still be experienced.
The village area does not intrude on the primary battlefield and provides an interesting step back in time for visitors as they leave the modern park facilities around the visitor center and begin their walk through the battlefield.
We will continue our look at Prairie Grove over the next few days with more photographs and postings. In the meantime, visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com for more information on the battlefield. Just scroll down the page to the index and you will see the link under the "Arkansas" heading.