Carroll County's heritage on display in Pioneer Park

Friday, June 7, 2019
The Pension Mountain Schoolhouse was moved to Berryville’s Pioneer Park in October 2017.
Photo courtesy of Suzanne Miner

By Suzanne M. Miner

A gem of Carroll County heritage in Berryville is bordered by Tabor and West Madison streets and tucked in behind the library and senior center. The Carroll County Arkansas Pioneer Park and Cemetery is owned by the city with contributions from the Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society and private donations.

Two significant historic structures, Pension Mountain Schoolhouse and the Newberry Cabin, are on site. Two more, the Carroll Progress building and Old Jail log cabin, contain artifacts of local history. Buildings are funded by the historic society, Chamber of Commerce and concerned individuals. Park grounds maintenance is a city responsibility.

Monuments, cemetery markers, artifacts, a basketball court, picnic tables and mature trees round out the park. The old courthouse shows above the library building to the east. Berryville Christian Fellowship Church faces Church Street on the north. Its historic well and water fountain fit into the heritage theme.

Moving forward, the park needs financial or in-kind support from the community to maintain the buildings, preserve the monuments and spruce up the grounds. The Pension Mountain Schoolhouse interior needs finish work and some furnishings. Both the jail building and Newberry cabin require new roofs. The Carroll Progress building will be renovated and some of the printing presses will be repaired so they can be used.

The historical society will be raising funds with Re-Chex burgers during the Ice Cream Social. If you would like to contribute to any of the projects, contact the Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society 403 Public Square Berryville, AR 72616 or call 870-423-6312 for more information This is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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