Gravette Historical Museum

Gravette Historical Museum Located at Field Kindley House on Charlotte St SE, Gravette, AR. Many items donated to Museum including WWI, WWII memorabilia, Gravette Shelling Plant, open and closed businesses, Schools, collections, and so much more.
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FREE Admission to all Viewing also by appointment - call 479-787-7334 Mission Statement: To collect and preserve the history of Gravette and surrounding communities.

Operating as usual

Happy first week of fall! Here’s an easy and yummy recipe to celebrate! 🍂
09/24/2020

Happy first week of fall! Here’s an easy and yummy recipe to celebrate! 🍂

Our beautiful rose bush is still blooming!
09/12/2020

Our beautiful rose bush is still blooming!

Happy Labor Day! Wishing you all a wonderful 3 day weekend! Here’s a Labor Day ad from 1968! Who remembers Rogers Hardwa...
09/07/2020

Happy Labor Day! Wishing you all a wonderful 3 day weekend! Here’s a Labor Day ad from 1968! Who remembers Rogers Hardware & Lumber in Hiwasse!?

As a reminder- Our ‘old home-ec’ building is now a remolded Gravette Community Building you can rent! Contact Gravette C...
09/04/2020

As a reminder- Our ‘old home-ec’ building is now a remolded Gravette Community Building you can rent! Contact Gravette City Hall to make reservations!

In the summer of 1948 this Home Economics building and Agri building was constructed from the lumber from two war surplus Mess Halls from Camp Crowder. The halls were 25 ft. wide and 120 ft. long. They were dismantled and moved to Gravette and cost $75. The total cost was $8,000 for the Home Ec. and $11,000 for the Agri.. Today the Agri building is gone but the Home Ec. building has been purchased by the City and with the efforts of the Gravette Historical Museum, a grant and other contributors, has been converted into a Community Building.

article and photo provided by Louise Evans

09/01/2020

We are happy to announce the museum will open this week under its normal schedule, Thursday Friday Saturday 10 am - 3 pm. Please remember to wear a mask when you visit! Looking forward to seeing you!

08/07/2020

The Northwest Arkansas Alive program which features story’s about Northwest Arkansas will air a piece on Gravette’s World War I Hero and ace pilot, Captain Field Kindley on Sunday August 9, 2020 at 10:30. Be sure to tune in to learn more about this important historic figures’ life here in Northwest Arkansas and his time in the service.

Make sure you drive by and check out our porch~Gravette Day 2020
08/07/2020

Make sure you drive by and check out our porch~Gravette Day 2020

03/20/2020

In accordance with state government guidelines, we will be closed until further notice. If you have a special need please respond through social media and we will respond accordingly.

Thank you,
Steve Mitchael
Chairman, GHM

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a few Valentines that have been donated to the museum ❤️
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a few Valentines that have been donated to the museum ❤️

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year🎶🎄🎶
12/25/2019

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year🎶🎄🎶

Another successful holiday event at Your Gravette Historical Museum tonight. A huge thank you to the City and the follow...
12/08/2019

Another successful holiday event at Your Gravette Historical Museum tonight.

A huge thank you to the City and the following Museum Commissioners:
Patti Bertschy
Betsy Meek
Louise Evans
John Mitchael
Mike VonRee
Lavon Stark
Randi VanNoi
Margie VanNoi

And thank you to the Bob and Sandy Kelley who portray the Kindleys and so gratuitously welcome everyone to our event. Thank you too to Santa and Mrs Clause. Thank you to the Ms Gravette Queens, the key club members who volunteered, the Gravette Police and Fire Departments for the awesome chili cook off and thank you to many businesses who support the Museum and this event. And last but not least thank you to the many area church’s for making cookies and many many more volunteers who work tirelessly to make this awesome event happen.

We estimate we had over 500 guests on the grounds and over 200 kids saw Santa and Mrs. Clause.

All this makes us happy. This is why we are here. We love maintaining the history of our incredible city and celebrating the many holidays we have in our community.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Come join us~ Combining Christmas Past with Christmas Present...Dec. 7th after the Gravette Christmas Parade, (parade ti...
12/04/2019

Come join us~ Combining Christmas Past with Christmas Present...Dec. 7th after the Gravette Christmas Parade, (parade time 4:30) Meet the Kindleys, Make your wishes known to Santa. Free hot dogs, Christmas cookies and hot cocoa. Who has the best chili? Gravette Police or Fire department? Sample and vote for your favorite🎄☃️❄

Now is a beautiful time to to stop by for a visit🍁🍂🍁    October gave a party.  The Leaves of hundreds came.  The Chestnu...
10/29/2019

Now is a beautiful time to to stop by for a visit🍁🍂🍁 October gave a party. The Leaves of hundreds came. The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples. Sunshine spread a carpet. And everything was grand. Miss Weather lead the dancing. And Professor Wind the band.~ George Cooper🍂🍁🍂

10/09/2019
The Gravette Shelling Co.... The black walnuts are falling and this is how it all began...It was 1936, in the midst of t...
10/08/2019

The Gravette Shelling Co.... The black walnuts are falling and this is how it all began...It was 1936, in the midst of the depression and Mr. Mandel Raffe was on his way to Texas looking for pecans when he stopped in Gravette to visit a friend, L.E. Cooper. Here he discovered black walnuts. Mr. Raffe, a native of Boston, decided to stay in Gravette and start a new business, he was associated with Allen and Clifton McAllister in this first operation. in the building formerly occupied by Perry Humes' Cold Drink Stand. It was Thanksgiving Day 1936 ,The first work force was Lloyd Harris, his sister, Bertha Harris and uncle Earl Pierce. They, along with Bob Dugan, later became partners with Mr. Raffe For more information of this operation that employed about 150 people, see our display at the Gravette Historical Museum.

Please put on your calendars and join us Friday, Oct 11th and Saturday October 12th for the My Grandma & Me Quilt Show!
10/04/2019

Please put on your calendars and join us Friday, Oct 11th and Saturday October 12th for the My Grandma & Me Quilt Show!

Come see us today~We are picture perfect. Hiwasse Fall Festival. Hiwasse Community Building. 11 to 2 🍁🍎🍂
09/28/2019

Come see us today~We are picture perfect. Hiwasse Fall Festival. Hiwasse Community Building. 11 to 2 🍁🍎🍂

The Gravette Historical Museum is having a raffle of the following items:1 bottle of 2017 Nina’s Pinot Grigio,1 bottle o...
09/10/2019

The Gravette Historical Museum is having a raffle of the following items:
1 bottle of 2017 Nina’s Pinot Grigio,
1 bottle of 2015 Bud’s Block Malbec,
I cap
1 wine bag.
Retail value of this package is 76.25

Bidders must be 21 to participate. The winner MUST provide proof of age before the raffle item will be released. Auction ends September 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm. The winner will be notified by private messenger. The package must be picked up at the Gravette Historical Museum which is located at 501 Charlotte Street SE, Gravette Arkansas 72736. The raffle item must be picked up before 12:00 pm on September 21, 2019 or the raffle item will be forfeited. Payment must be made at pickup.

Opening bid is $20.00. Bids must be made in $1.00 increments and must be made as a comment.

Please spread the word about this raffle with all your friends

*this raffle is not sponered by or associated with Facebook.

09/06/2019

The Gravette Community Center at the Historic Home Ecomomic Building is a great place to rent for weddings, family reunions, educational seminars or other small events.

It seats approximately 50 and there are 8 tables that can be arranged in a variety of ways.

The decor portrays the history of Gravette and there is an original kitchen preserved as it would have been in a classroom setting during the 1950’s.

The price is very affordable and the faculty is newly renovated.

The schedule is filling up for this new facility so hurry and reserve your spot today.

Members of the Class of 1959 met at the Gravette Historical Museum Gravette Day.
08/15/2019

Members of the Class of 1959 met at the Gravette Historical Museum Gravette Day.

We had a great turn out for the Dutch Oven Cook Off on Gravette Day. Below are the winners of each division and the over...
08/12/2019

We had a great turn out for the Dutch Oven Cook Off on Gravette Day. Below are the winners of each division and the overall group. If you’ve not experienced this event make sure and come give it a try next year. We have a tasting when the judging is over and there’s always lots of yummy dishes to experience.

Gravette Historical Museum
Gravette Arkansas

Thank you everyone!  It was a great day!
08/11/2019

Thank you everyone! It was a great day!

Our Dutch Oven Cook Off is in full swing and includes our raffle. Please stop by and make the Gravette Historical Museum...
08/10/2019

Our Dutch Oven Cook Off is in full swing and includes our raffle. Please stop by and make the Gravette Historical Museum part of your Gravette Day celebration.

Come see us.. Gravette Day!   We  have great donations this year!  You will not want to miss a chance to win~Tickets are...
08/07/2019

Come see us.. Gravette Day! We have great donations this year! You will not want to miss a chance to win~Tickets are $1 for 1, $5 for 6 and $10 for 13

Don’t forget to stop by your museum on Gravette Day. We have the Dutch Oven Cook Off, our tasting, raffle drawing and lo...
08/06/2019

Don’t forget to stop by your museum on Gravette Day. We have the Dutch Oven Cook Off, our tasting, raffle drawing and lots of historic artifacts for you to see.

This year we are featuring this model of Captain Field Kindley made by local craftsman Nick Nichols. If you like local history, military history or modeling, you will love the models Nick has loaned us. Each is made hand crafted from a historical photograph and are amazingly detailed. The best example is the Field Kindley model where you will find Captain Kindley holding his beloved canine, Fokker.

Stop by the museum. It’s a great way to cool off and learn a bit about Gravette’s history.

Gravette Day is coming up! Make sure you stop by the museum for our Dutch Oven Event!
07/26/2019

Gravette Day is coming up! Make sure you stop by the museum for our Dutch Oven Event!

HFA Architects, Engineers, Interiors
05/24/2019

HFA Architects, Engineers, Interiors

Our very own Pepper McTyre & Jamie Barnes were recently part of the ribbon cutting ceremony for our 2018 pro bono project, The Gravette Community Center! #HFAatWork #renovation #HFAGives

Your Museum is hosting one of our favorite events of the year today. We have the entire Glenn Duffy Second Grade Class a...
05/14/2019

Your Museum is hosting one of our favorite events of the year today.

We have the entire Glenn Duffy Second Grade Class and their chaperones visiting today

Thank you to all our volunteers for making this a great opportunity for these young Gravette Citizens to learn a bit about Gravette’s history.

If you need a great little venue for 80-100 people this little gem is available in the City of Gravette. The cost to ren...
05/14/2019

If you need a great little venue for 80-100 people this little gem is available in the City of Gravette. The cost to rent it is $40 per day with a $50 deposit....I know right!

Where can you rent a newly renovated building set for catered events for 80-100 people for only $40?

Contact the city of Gravette at 479-787-5757 to reserve your spot today.

It’s well worth the drive.

Be sure to check out our Selfie Station at the egg hunt today! Starts at 11:00am at OCH Gravette Clinic.
04/20/2019

Be sure to check out our Selfie Station at the egg hunt today! Starts at 11:00am at OCH Gravette Clinic.

Thank you for helping us celebrate!   We celebrated the opening of a beautiful community building and a very valuable pe...
04/19/2019

Thank you for helping us celebrate! We celebrated the opening of a beautiful community building and a very valuable person's birthday.
"A people without the knowledge of their past orgin and culture is like a tree with no roots." Marcus Gray

This building.....If only you knew the history. Oh wait, today you can learn about all this magnificent structure has be...
04/18/2019

This building.....If only you knew the history.

Oh wait, today you can learn about all this magnificent structure has been used for.

At 5:30 on April 18, 2019 we will have an open house to give the Community of Gravette a chance to experience the newest addition of our growing community. Stop by and see this beauty and learn how you too can benefit from it.

It’s located at 503 Charlotte Street SE across from the Museum and Swimming Pool.

Remember 5:30 today!

Please join us..........Open House & Ribbon Cutting, April 18, 2019.  5:30-6:30 pm.In the summer of 1948 this Home Econo...
04/18/2019

Please join us..........
Open House & Ribbon Cutting, April 18, 2019. 5:30-6:30 pm.

In the summer of 1948 this Home Economics building and Agri building was constructed from the lumber from two war surplus Mess Halls from Camp Crowder. The halls were 25 ft. wide and 120 ft. long. They were dismantled and moved to Gravette and cost $75. The total cost was $8,000 for the Home Ec. and $11,000 for the Agri.. Today the Agri building is gone but the Home Ec. building has been purchased by the City and with the efforts of the Gravette Historical Museum, a grant and other contributors, has been converted into a Community Building. Open House and Ribbon Cutting will be Thursday April 18, 2019. 5:30 - 6:30 pm.

article and photo provided by Louise Evans

The Gravette Historical Museum has been busy creating a new historical marker on 4th Street. The marker is being done th...
03/17/2019

The Gravette Historical Museum has been busy creating a new historical marker on 4th Street. The marker is being done through a grant that the City obtained. All the work being done has been volunteer which is why it has taken longer than anticipated. All that is left on this project is the historical marker, the railroad crossbuck sign and a little more ballast. We appreciate your patience with us as we finish up this important landmark in our community.

The marker symbolizes where the Frisco railroad ran through town in the 30’s and 40’s.

03/17/2019

We apologize but due to unforeseen circumstances we will only be doing private tours through next weekend 3/23/19. If you would like to schedule a private viewing of our Museum please call Steve at 479-206-2491. Thank you.

Address

503 Charlotte St SE
Gravette, AR
72736

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(479) 787-7334

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I am a local railroad historian looking for photos or a Sanborn Insurance map showing the intersection of the KCS and Frisco lines before the Frisco abandoned in 1940.
So cool to see this on Facebook! I'm a direct descendant of Mollie Kindley. My grandmother grew up in this house, and my mother visited it as a child.
Seeking information on John W Halliday 1828-1907 and wife Caroline 1834-1889 who lived and died in Gravette. [email protected]