Arab Historical Society

Arab Historical Society Arab Historical Society, Arab, Alabama. Arab is "The Mountain Town Pioneers Built" Arab Historic Village: https://www.facebook.com/JourneyStoriesArab

The Society’s mission is to teach the history of Arab and the surrounding area through monthly programs, published books, “Historic Arab” newsletter and by tours of the Historic Village. Developing, maintaining and funding the Historic Village is the Society’s major project. Also memorials are given to the Arab Public Library in the form of microfilms of past issues of area newspapers. All is made possible in cooperation with the City of Arab and by volunteers, who give of their time, and donors, who give money, building materials and museum items. Donations are supplemented by various fundraisers throughout the year and the sales of the Society’s publications. 2013-2015 OFFICERS President: Shirley Gullion Vice President: Janet Calhoun Secretary: Pat Purdy Treasurer: Wallace Gay Board Members: Randall Scott, Betty Holley, Bill Newland COMMITTEE CHAIRS Finance: Wallace Gay Program: Janet Calhoun Village Operations: Juanita Edmondson Village Maintenance: Lou Trimblay & Charles O. Winslett Publications: Janet Calhoun Hospitality: Carolyn Gay Membership: Carolyn Gay Genealogy: Janet Casey

Mission: The Society’s mission is to teach the history of Arab and the surrounding area through monthly programs, published books, “Historic Arab” newsletter and by tours of the Historic Village.

The Historical Society enjoyed their annual Christmas dinner at The Old Greenhouse on Tuesday evening.  Thank you, Clay ...
12/22/2016

The Historical Society enjoyed their annual Christmas dinner at The Old Greenhouse on Tuesday evening. Thank you, Clay Leak, for furnishing us with such a wonderful venue for our special event!

12/04/2015

Santa in the Park
Each Friday and Saturday evening 6:00 - 9:00 until Christmas! $5 for adults and kids over 2, but no more than $20 per family (parents and their children). Santa will be in Hunt School each evening! Craft in Hunt School & opportunity to write Santa letters! Cookie decorating craft in Boyd House kitchen! Craft in Homemakers Clubhouse! Seasonal music each night in Ruth Church! Refreshment in Country Store! Get your "Reflections" Cookbook in Museum! (They make great gifts!!)

11/26/2015

Arab Historic Village needs a blacksmith for the Phillips Blacksmith Shop on Dec. 4 & 5 and Dec. 18 & 19. If you know of anyone who might be interested in giving some of their time to a good cause on those weekends, please let me know!! They would be making small horseshoes for kids called "reindeer shoes!" Thanks, everyone!

Janet did another wonderful job presenting our city of Arab, Alabama on Channel 48 news last evening!  Bobby Shuttlewort...
10/03/2015
Unique background sheds light on town of Arab history

Janet did another wonderful job presenting our city of Arab, Alabama on Channel 48 news last evening! Bobby Shuttleworth and photograher, Steven Speegle, thank you for highlighting Arab!!

  Janet Calhoun is with the Arab historical society.  "Steven Tuttle Thompson is the person given credit for founding the town."               A park in the middle of town is where me...

Arab, Alabama
09/01/2015

Arab, Alabama

06/16/2015

Arab Historical Society meets tomorrow night, June 16, at the Rice Church in Arab Historic Village. Mr. Roye Marshall, former president of The Bank of Arab, will be our guest speaker. He will talk about the history of Arab's first and longest operating bank. Time is 6:30 p.m.

05/18/2015

Arab Historical Society lost one of its long-time and very supportive members on Sunday, May 17. Janet Thompson Casey was an avid genealogical enthusiast and researcher and was head of that Genealogical Committee in the Historical Society. Her memorial service will be Fri., May 22 at 11:00 a.m. at Union Grove First Baptist Church in Union Grove, AL. Janet will be missed very much. Prayers and sympathy are extended to her family.

05/18/2015

Arab Historical Society will hold their regular monthly meeting on Tues. evening, May 19th, at 6:30 at the home of Robert and Shirley Gullion in Arab. Bring a favorite snack food and join us! We will be viewing a newly made DVD from old 8-tracks that documented the reconstruction of the Hunt School in the early 1990's.

04/24/2015

Weather plan for "Back When Day" tomorrow in Arab Historic Village!! Unless there are tornado watches, we will proceed with our 9:00 a.m. opening ! We have plenty of porches to stash your umbrellas and plenty going on inside to keep everyone busy until the rain stops! We will also have a Blue Plate Special of pintos, turnip greens, onion, & cornbread. Tommy will be offering barbecue pork if you want to add a side or get a sandwich. There will be plenty of snacks in the Smith Country Store for sale!!

04/21/2015

The Arab Historical Society is conducting a Downtown Walking Tour this evening, beginning at Thompson Park at 6:30. Come and join us on this trip down memory lane!

04/21/2015

The Arab Historical Society is sponsoring their annual "Back When Day" spring event on April 25, 2015 in the Arab Historic Village in Arab City Park at 844 Shoal Creek Trail, N.E. Time is 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Donations are always welcome but this is a "NO ADMISSION" event.
This year, we are celebrating the daily lives of Arab's citizens in a young rural farm town during the 1920's and '30's. The Village will come to life much like Arab would have in the springtime almost a hundred years ago. 25 KIDS WILL GET TO BUILD NEW BIRD FEEDERS IN THE GAZEBO!!

02/17/2015

Arab Historical Society's Feb.meeting for tonight has been cancelled due to the extremely cold weather. We will meet again on March 17 at 6:30 p.m. (We move to 6:30 during Daylight Savings Time.)

01/20/2015

Arab Historical Society meets tonight at 6:00 in the Rice Church at Arab Historic Village. Please come and be our guest! Melissa Simpson will present our program.

12/20/2014

Last night of Santa in the Park! 6:00 - 9:00!! It has been the best ever this year!! If you don't want to miss it, be there tonight! Arab Historic Village, 844 Shoal Creek Trail, Arab, AL

Open through Dec. 20!  Only 2 more weekends!!
12/08/2014

Open through Dec. 20! Only 2 more weekends!!

Arab, Alabama
11/26/2014

Arab, Alabama

10/22/2014

Had such a good time tonight! The Historical Society met at Black's Old and New Mall and Glenda Ponder told about her life while growing up in Arab! I don't know if she or the store were more fun! Of course, Linda Lou kept Glenda Sue on track and we did hear a lot of history!! Danny also spoke and told us about Black's Furniture opening in Arab in 1943. I think I noticed that the twins work on Thursday and Friday so that is definitely a good time to visit!!

09/19/2014

Please private message me or post on Arab Historical Society page if you are a member of the DAR.

09/13/2014

ARAB COMMUNITY FAIR is today in Arab City Park and Historic Village!!!

This is one of our many vendors next Saturday!  Come on out, shop and enjoy!!
09/07/2014

This is one of our many vendors next Saturday! Come on out, shop and enjoy!!

Next Saturday!!
Arab Community Fair
September 13, 2014
9:00 - 4:00
Arab City Park/Historic Village
224 City Park Dr., N.E., Arab, AL 35016

Contact Juanita Edmondson to reserve a vendor booth,
set up a demonstration or bring a group to perform.
256-586-6397 256-550-0290 [email protected]

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING

Arab, Alabama
09/02/2014

Arab, Alabama

Arab Community Fair
September 13, 2014
9:00 - 4:00
Arab City Park/Historic Village
224 City Park Dr., N.E., Arab, AL 35016

Contact Juanita Edmondson to reserve a vendor booth,
set up a demonstration or bring a group to perform.
256-586-6397 256-550-0290 [email protected]

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING

07/23/2014

Arab Community Fair
September 13, 2014
9:00 - 4:00
Arab City Park/Historic Village
224 City Park Dr., N.E., Arab, AL 35016

Contact Juanita Edmondson to reserve a vendor booth,
set up a demonstration or bring a group to perform.
256-586-6397 256-550-0290 [email protected]

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING
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06/30/2014

Did you catch the really great article in The Arab Tribune by Rachel Williams about our new CELL PHONE TOUR now available in Arab Historic Village?

30th Annual Poke Salat Festival in Historic Downtown Arab
05/02/2014
30th Annual Poke Salat Festival in Historic Downtown Arab

30th Annual Poke Salat Festival in Historic Downtown Arab

The 30th Annual Poke Salat Festival will be on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17th with TWO FREE CONCERTS! Visit the Poke Salat Festival on Friday 8-5 downtown, then head over to Arab City Park for a free concert with Jeff Cook and his Allstar Goodtime Band at 7:00 p.m. in the amphitheatre. On Sat…

04/24/2014

“Back When Day” is Sat., April 26, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at Arab Historic Village in Arab City Park. Admission is FREE!! First 25 kids, 12 and under, can build their very own birdhouses (under supervision) for free! Come and get a taste of what it was like living on Brindlee Mountain in the “olden” days!

04/11/2014

Lace up your walking shoes, the second Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Arab is Saturday! Following the tour will be a Historic Cemetery Stroll, where citizens will portray the lives of some of Arab's settlers that are buried in the cemetery. Hope to see you there!

04/01/2014

City of Arab has room for about 15 artisan vendor booths at Arab Farmers Market on April 5 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Call Ranotta at 256-586-6793 if you have homemade crafts on hand that you would like to market in conjunction with Arab's Downtown Walk on Sat. Booths are $10 each.

03/18/2014

Walking Tours for Month of April in Downtown Arab

Arab is one of 33 cities across the State of Alabama that will participate in the Alabama Tourism Department’s April Walking Tours.

The walking tours, featuring Historic Downtown Arab, will begin at 10:00 a.m. each Saturday in April at the Stephen Tuttle Thompson Park, located on South Main Street, at the intersection of Main Street and Cullman Road (AL Hwy. 69). The walking tours will be hosted by members of the Arab Historical Society and the Arab Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. Water and other refreshment will be available at various points throughout the tour.
Additional activities have been scheduled in conjunction with the walking tours.

• April 5 – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm - Special Event - Arts and Crafts at the Arab Farmers Market, 307 North Main Street (Contact Renotta Frachiseur at Arab Park and Recreation Dept. 256.586.6793 for more information. Limited number of booths available – for handmade wares only – no re-sale items).

• April 12 – 11: 00 am - Cemetery Stroll – Historic 1883 Methodist Cemetery – located just off Main Street on Shoal Creek Trail NE. Local citizens will portray the lives of some of Arab’s early settlers that are buried in this cemetery.

• April 19 – Golden Egg Treasure Hunt – use clues given during the walking tour to find the golden egg and win the prizes.

• April 26 – Cash Mob – 11:00 am – will begin immediately after the Walking Tour. Store to be “mobbed” will be announced at that time.

• April 26 – 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Back When Days at Arab Historic Village – Arts and crafts and food vendors, music and demonstrations of what life was like during the Great Depression Era. (Contact Juanita Edmondson at 256-550-0290 for more information).

Watch this terrific story on Channel 48 about the Village:http://www.waff.com/story/24843182/arab-historic-village-drawA...
03/01/2014
Arab Historic Village Draws Visitors for a Great Day Trip

Watch this terrific story on Channel 48 about the Village:

http://www.waff.com/story/24843182/arab-historic-village-draw
Arab Historic Village Draws Visitors for a Great Day Trip
www.waff.com
The Arab Historic Village stands as a tribute to the pioneers who settled the area. Under the city's Parks and Rec department it's a plus for tourism dollars.

The Arab Historic Village stands as a tribute to the pioneers who settled the area. Under the city's Parks and Rec department it's a plus for tourism dollars.

02/21/2014

FEBRUARY 22

FISHING RODEO
Come Join the Fun!
Open to anyone 12 & under, the Arab City Park will be hosting a Fishing Rodeo, starting at 10 a.m. on February 22. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear but a limited number of rods, reels, poles, lures and other gear will be avail
able for those new to the sport or don’t have their own
equipment.
Featuring Pro Angler Justin Lucas & members of the AHS Fishing Team Open to anyone 12 & under Free for everyone! Held same weekend as the Geico Bassmaster Classic PRIZES for each age group!
ARAB CITY PARK
Corner of Arad Thompson and Shoal Creek Trail (256) 586-6793 arabcity.org February 22, 2014 at 10 a.m.

02/16/2014

The Arab Historical Society's monthly meeting has been changed to the 3rd Tues. of each month. It will be begin at 6:00 p.m. this month in the Rice Church (in Arab Historic Village.)

02/13/2014

Arab Historic Village is opening early this year on Feb. 20! 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Welcome!!

Photo by Mayor Bob Joslin, Feb. 13, 2014.
02/13/2014

Photo by Mayor Bob Joslin, Feb. 13, 2014.

01/14/2014

Jim Phillips, producer of historical videos and speaker on the 1800’s in Alabama, will be speaking Wed. Jan. 15th at 10:00 am at the Arab Public Library.

He will share about plantations, river boat landings, stage coach paths, lost treasure tales, Civil War and area relics and artifacts, appraisal of old coins and bottles. It is free and open to the public.

12/31/2013

Great night to visit!! Lights will be on the Village, also!!
Christmas in the Park Ends Tonight, New Year's Eve!
More than 2 million holiday lights are lit the Friday after Thanksgiving to transform Arab City Park into a magical wonderland! They are on nightly through the holiday, from dusk to @ 10 p.m. Enjoy the lights as you walk along the paved trail. Event is free

Arab's annual Christmas in the Park begins Nov. 29, 2013. There will be millions of Christmas lights in Arab City Park t...
11/14/2013

Arab's annual Christmas in the Park begins Nov. 29, 2013. There will be millions of Christmas lights in Arab City Park through Jan. 1. Arab Historic Village, which is a part of the Park, is hosting Santa and numerous other activities each Fri. and Sat. evening from 6:00 - 9:00 pm from Nov. 29 through Dec. 21. The lights in the Park are free and a small fee of $5 per person (over 2 years of age) will get you into the Village for an old-fashioned Christmas experience that folks are making one of their family Christmas traditions! Listed are some of the activities you can expect along with lots of beautiful Christmas decorations, lights and Southern hospitality!

Christmas Activities in Arab Historic Village, 2013

November 29, 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21

6:00 - 9:00 pm


Visit Santa in Hunt School

Crafts in School & Clubhouse

Milk & Cookies in Miss Boyd’s Kitchen

Reindeer Food in Grist Mill

Reindeer Shoes in Blacksmith Shop

Checkers, Cider, RC’s & Moon Pies in Country Store

Music, Music, Music in Rice Church

Write & Mail your letters to Santa!


Check out our concessions in the Park:

Burgers, Fried Pies, Cookies,

Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Soft Drinks



224 City Park Dr., N.E., Arab, AL 35016
Arab's annual Christmas in the Park begins Nov. 29, 2013. There will be millions of Christmas lights in Arab City Park through Jan. 1. Arab Historic Village, which is a part of the Park, is hosting Santa and numerous other activities each Fri. and Sat. evening from 6:00 - 9:00 pm from Nov. 29 through Dec. 21. The lights in the Park are free and a small fee of $5 per person (over 2 years of age) will get you into the Village for an old-fashioned Christmas experience that folks are making one of their family Christmas traditions! Listed are some of the activities you can expect along with lots of beautiful Christmas decorations, lights and Southern hospitality! Christmas Activities in Arab Historic Village, 2013 November 29, 30, December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 6:00 - 9:00 pm Visit Santa in Hunt School Crafts in School & Clubhouse Milk & Cookies in Miss Boyd’s Kitchen Reindeer Food in Grist Mill Reindeer Shoes in Blacksmith Shop Checkers, Cider, RC’s & Moon Pies in Country Store Music, Music, Music in Rice Church Write & Mail your letters to Santa! Check out our concessions in the Park: Burgers, Fried Pies, Cookies, Hot Chocolate, Coffee, Soft Drinks 224 City Park Dr., N.E., Arab, AL 35016

Photos from August 2013 meeting
10/06/2013

Photos from August 2013 meeting

Aaron Maze presented the program at the Society's August 19th meeting.

Aaron Maze presented the program at the Society's August 19th meeting.
09/20/2013

Aaron Maze presented the program at the Society's August 19th meeting.

09/11/2013

ARAB COMMUNITY FAIR, 2013
Arab City Park and Historic Village
Saturday, September 14, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Come at 9:00 a.m. for the friendly “GUNS & HOSES” competition between Arab Police and Fire Depts. on Arab Girl’s Softball Field! Also, at 9:00, “Coffee with the Authors” on the front porch of Hunt School in the Historic Village. Shop with numerous vendors in Arab City Park. Take a leisurely wagon ride around the Park. Stay around for good food, great music, arts & crafts, beautiful quilts, Classic Cars and lots of fun and FREE activities for kids of all ages at Arab City Park & Historic Village. Check us out in this week’s ARAB TRIBUNE or the METRO. Come this Saturday and meet your friends and neighbors for a big day of fun and fellowship in the spirit of the old-time community fair!!!

FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING

AUGUST 19th MEETING • 6:30pm►Dedication of Newest Addition to Historic Village: Esso Sign & Gas Pump
08/19/2013

AUGUST 19th MEETING • 6:30pm

►Dedication of Newest Addition to Historic Village: Esso Sign & Gas Pump

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