Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Magical History Tour!

The Magical History Tour!

Exploring Izard County is pleased to announce its Fall Road Trip, "The Magical History Tour", on Saturday, October 24th beginning at 10:00 A.M.

"The Magical History Tour" will begin in historic Mount Olive near the Mount Olive Presbyterian Church and visit several historic sights in the area including the A.C. Jeffery Homeplace, the Jehoiada Jeffery Homeplace, and the Old Jeffery Cemetery. From Mount Olive, the tour will proceed to Boswell for photo opportunities of the Post-Office and store-building before continuing to the top of the hill where the newly refurbished Boswell School, now the Boswell Baptist Church, stands.

Several activities are planned for the event including historical lectures about Mount Olive, the Jeffery Family, Boswell, and Civil War in the Ozarks. Also planned for the event is a "History-Swap" at the Old Boswell Schoolhouse where we will invite participants to bring two or three treasured heirlooms or relics as well as vintage photos, documents, and letters to share with others on the tour.

The tour will conclude with live entertainment at the Old Boswell Schoolhouse in the early afternoon.

As with all of our Road Trips, the EIC Crew will be raising funds to contribute to an important historic project in Izard County. This Fall, we will be accepting donations during the tour and offering T-Shirts and other items for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Melbourne Museum. The Melbourne Museum is a worthy recipient of the fruits of our collective effort to help preserve the history and culture of Izard County. If you have never visited this important museum, we encourage you to take a few minutes when in the Mebourne area to browse the many excellent artifacts, photos, and documents that have been donated. Exploring Izard County is honored to be able to contribute to the operation of this resource.

Those interested in joining the EIC Crew for this event should contact us via e-mail at hillbillyizard@yahoo.com or by calling (870) 291-2215.

As with all of our past Road Trips, vehicle slots will be limited for "The Magical History Tour" so those wishing to take part should sign-up A.S.A.P.!

"The Magical History Tour" is shaping up to be the best event the EIC Crew has put together to date. We look forward to spending the day with you!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

"Spring Splash" Road Trip - April 25th, 2009

Exploring Izard County Announces its "Spring Splash" Road Trip on April 25th

The web-site, Exploring Izard County, will be hosting its third Road Trip on Saturday April 25th, 2009. The "Spring Splash" Road Trip will visit the Gid, Guion, and Lafferty areas of Izard County and will include stops at the Gid Waterfall, the Guion Schoolhouse, Lafferty Spring, Lafferty Mill Dam, and the Gristmill Waterfall at Gid. During the tour, participants will hear historical presentations about the area including one about the Lafferty Family history by a direct descendent of John and Sarah Lafferty, Mrs. Mary Lafferty Wilson from Gainesville, Missouri. Participants will drive the tour in the comfort and privacy of their personal vehicles. A pic-nic lunch is planned for the last stop on the "Spring Splash" Road Trip as well as musical entertainment, games, and a hike to a large well-occupied shelter cave nearby.
As with other events hosted by Exploring Izard County, this one is to raise funds to help preserve an Izard County historic treasure. All donations and all proceeds from sales of T-Shirts and other merchandise by the organizers will be forwarded to the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society to support its efforts to move and restore the James and Phoebe Trimble House. The treasure was recently given to the Historical Society and must be moved to Cumberland Heritage Park in Calico Rock. The Trimble House is dated to 1815 and is documented as being the oldest standing home in the county having been built by a family of the very earliest pioneers of the area. The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society estimates the project will cost around $10, 000.
Exploring Izard County is pleased to announce that the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will be joining us for this event as its own Spring Meeting. The organization will have a table with books, past issues of the Izard County Historian, and applications for membership available to participants.
Because of the nature of the event, limited spaces will be available. Those who are interested in participating should contact Denny Elrod at (870) 291-2215 or e-mail hillbillyizard@yahoo.com. For more information visit Exploring Izard County online at www.exploreizard.blogspot.com.