Pea Ridge National Military Park

Pea Ridge Battlefield
The Battle of Pea Ridge

On March 7 & 8, 1862, 26,000 soldiers fought here to decide the fate of Missouri. The 4,300-acre park honors those who fought for their way of life, North and South.

Before we move into the new weekend, I thought I’d share a little about our tourist day last Friday. We headed north and made a quick stop in Rogers, AR (home of the very first Wal-Mart, which we did not find, but also home to a very nice quilt shop which we did find! 🙂 ), checked out Bentonville (home of the original Walton’s 5&10, plus world headquarters for Wal-Mart), and spent the better part of our day at Pea Ridge National Military Park. The battle fought here was the most decisive Civil War battle west of the Mississippi. It was a very interesting driving tour, and as usual, the introductory movie was excellent. The area is so lovely, it’s hard to imagine all of the tragic loss of life that took place here.

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We did stop at the Original Waltons 5&10 in Bentonville. Bentonville has a lovely little town square, and this little store has been made into a Wal-Mart (and the Walton family) museum. It was interesting and free :-). I thought it a little funny that the gift shop in the front of the museum didn’t take credit cards. Go figure!

We have found that these Arkansas towns by and large have lovely town squares. Here is Rogers, Arkansas –
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See what I mean?

Tomorrow we head south to Fayetteville. Who knows what adventures await us there!

PS – there are a couple more Pea Ridge photos here.

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