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South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society & the Newton House Museum

The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society (formerly known as the South Arkansas Historical Foundation) is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit located in El Dorado, Arkansas.  The Historical Preservation Society's principal property is the beautiful Newton House Museum.  Located on Jackson Street, this historic Greek Revival home has authentic décor that reflects its antebellum construction (circa 1849).  As the only antebellum home open to the public in El Dorado, it offers a glimpse into the rich history of southern Arkansas. This museum is a great family attraction and one of the special places to visit while in El Dorado.

The Historical Preservation Society also hosts the annual Mayhaw Festival, history forums, free educational programs (September through May), and a Speakers Series co-sponsored by South Arkansas Community College.  Membership is available through the Preservation Society support organization.


Mayhaw Festival 2015


EL DORADO – The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society is pleased to announce that the 23rd Annual Mayhaw Festival will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in El Dorado.   The title sponsors for the 2015 festival are El Dorado Chemical and First Financial Bank. 

The May 2nd street festival will occur on the grounds of the Newton House Museum and along Jackson Street between Faulkner and Sheppard Streets on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The festival will include children’s activities, rock climbing, 5K/10K Run, mayhaw biscuit breakfast, museum tours, live music, craft vendors, lawn & garden vendors, mayhaw jelly, and an antique car and motorcycle show.   Bands scheduled for Saturday include Farmer and the Markets, Roses & Revolvers, Mountain Springs Band, Emily Cole, Clancey Ferguson and the Ragtags, and the Haley Creek Boys.  The popular chicken wing cook-off, called the WING DING, is now in its fifth year.  The grand prize for the best wings will be $1000.00 and a bante rooster.  Festival patrons, vendors, runners, and cooking teams interested in the festival should visit the official Mayhaw Festival web site: for additional information. 

Event Sponsors include: Murphy USA (10K/5K Run), Great Lakes Solutions (bands), KIX 103 (bands), Noalmark (bands), Trotter Nissan Dodge Jeep Chrysler (car/bike show), William P. Cook, CPA and Systems Contracting Corporation (t-shirts).  Glenn’s Mechanical, Nexans AmerCable and Crotty Casing Crews will be sponsoring the WING DING and our thanks to Timberlane Meat Market for providing the chicken wings at cost.  Event Co-Sponsors include:  Clean Harbors (children’s activities), Crotty Casing Crews (children’s activities), Dickerson Law Firm (breakfast), Sydney Murphy Design (museum tours), and Marmik Oil (bands).  Media Partners include: Art Attack, The Diamond Agency, El Dorado A&P Commission, and Noalmark Broadcasting.   Come and join the fun and bring the entire family.  

Please visit the Mayhaw Festival on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and our website for regular postings, registration forms, and updates.   

There will be lots to see and do in El Dorado on the first weekend in May.  Be sure to also check out the Southern Food & Wine Festival.  Raise your glass to the pleasures of amazing wine, spectacular food and live music at the season’s first big celebration—the Southern Food & Wine Festival on May 1 & 2 in historic downtown El Dorado, Arkansas.  El Dorado loves to throw a great party, so let us roll out the red carpet for you.  We’ll showcase some of the best food, drink and hospitality the South has to offer, and throw in a side of good, old-fashioned revelry.  For more information visit or call (870) 863-4547.

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