What a beautifully restored historic building. Structures similiar to this used to dot the countryside out here, but most are long gone now.
To my knowledge, there are no known images of Elkhorn Tavern before or during the Civil War. This is the earliest image, dating to 1886, and likely represents the Tavern as it appeared during the Battle Of Pea Ridge. Courtesy of the Library Of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.
Still in private ownership, by 1938 the Tavern's architecture had been seriously modified. The Tavern and surrounding buildings were used as a museum and relic shop.
Today, the National Park Service has meticulously restored the Tavern to it's War Time appearance. The day this image was captured, there were four dedicated Southern "Living Historians" posted out front.
Bonnie surveys an artillery piece at Elkhorn Tavern.
Bonnie the Louisiana Catahoola/Australian Shepherd mix, studies her artillery at Elkhorn Tavern, some time ago. Occassionally, I take Bonnie & her brother Clyde, to the Tavern for a walk. They spend most of their week in a fenced backyard, so I know they like to get out and really go for a long walk and run. We start at the Tavern, and follow the Old Wire Road north, down the hill that Sterling Price's Missouri State Guard had to charge up, on March 7th, 1862. The dogs get to walk till they're tired, and I get to tread the same path as most of the soldiers who ever fought in NW Arkansas. The National Park Service has meticulously restored the Tavern to it's 1860's appearance, even down to Elkhorns on the roof . The entire Pea Ridge Battlefield Park is well preserved and worth a visit if you're ever in the area . SB