Museum Receives Grant

The Nevada County Depot and Museum received a $2,425 grant from the Division of Arkansas Heritage through the 2019 Small Museums Grant Program. This grant was made possible in part by a grant from the Division of Arkansas Heritage, funded by a 1/8 cent conservation tax, Amendment 75.

The Small Museum Grant was a two-part project. Part One of the project proposed to enhance the educational abilities of the Depot Museum by bringing the Museum into the 21st Century by purchasing Smart TVs. With technology so prominent in our society today the Depot Museum needed to update electronically in order to better educate and engage the public on the history of the Depot Museum, Prescott and Nevada County. Part One of the grant funds were used to purchase three Smart TVs. Part Two of the project proposal was to repair termite damage to interior door facings, (termites were eradicated and the area has been treated), repair peeling paint on baseboards in front entry room and Women's bathroom and paint both Men and Women’s bathrooms. The paint had discolored over the past 19 years since the Museum was renovated in 2000. There were nail and screw holes that needed to be repaired in both bathrooms. With these grant funds we were able to repair the termite damage and paint the areas that needed it.

The needs of the Museum are many, but we want to enhance its appearance and maintain the historic and attractive interior for generations to come. Maintaining and upgrading the interior of the Museum is important. First impressions are important and the Museum wants the public to know we take pride in the upkeep of the Museum. The Museum strives to also promote the history of Prescott and Nevada County in as many ways as possible and through electronics we are better able to do so. Many thanks to the Small Museum Grant Program for helping us to reach our goal of maintaining the integrity of the Museum and further educating the public.

The Nevada County Depot and Museum is open to the public Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Stop by and see what great things are happening. We love to Share the History!

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Museum Hours

The Nevada County Depot and Museum is closed on weekends and Mondays and open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, except when the City of Prescott offices are closed and on holidays. If you would like to visit outside of the listed hours, please call 870.887.5821 and leave a message. We will try to arrange a more convenient time for you.

Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors are as follows:

Paul Ridgell, President

Larry Jones, Vice President

Judy Duke, Secretary/Treasurer

Pete DeWoody, Member

Peggy Lloyd, Member

Theresa Tyree, Member

Corbin Merriott, Member

James W. Duke, Member

Justin Lawrence, Member

Jerry Hightower, Member

John Brannan, Member

Mary Godwin, Economic Development Office

Jamie Hillery, Chamber of Commerce Office

Judy Duke, Museum Director/Curator

Elkins' Ferry & Prairie D'Ane Acquisition Effort

In 2010 a preservation plan for the three battles

of the Camden Campaign located in Nevada County was prepared by Mudpuppy and Waterdog, Inc. of Versailles, Kentucky.

In 2014 the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Prairie D’Ane Reenactment was held on the Barnes farm, in Nevada County, which was part of the actual battlefield, to raise awareness of the history that happened here.

In late 2015 the Depot Museum was contacted by Hancock Timber to see if they were interested in purchasing 464 acres of Elkins’ Ferry Battlefield.

In August of 2016, through help of donors, the battlefield of Elkins’ Ferry was purchased and deeded to the Depot Museum. At this point Dr. Patrick Hale came forward and offered 808 acres of Prairie D’Ane Battlefield, with a generous offer, taking $500,000 off the appraised value of $1.4 million. A second interpretive plan was prepared by Mudpuppy and Waterdog, Inc and completed in July 2017.

After a year of fund raising, countless hours of volunteer work and networking across the state, 808 acres of the Prairie D’Ane Battlefield was purchased and deeded to the Depot Museum in February 2018.

Plans are to preserve both Elkins’ Ferry and Prairie D’Ane battlefield sites for historic value as well as prepare the properties for interpretive tours and living history events. Future plans are for the battlefields to become a source of heritage tourism for Nevada County and the southern region.

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Donate to the Nevada County Depot Museum

Join us in preserving Prescott and Nevada County history. The Nevada County Depot and Museum is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and it relies on donations from citizens like you to remain in operation, continuing to preserve state and local history for the greater community and for future generations. We greatly appreciate your support! Contributions go toward operations, maintenance of the building, preservation of artifacts, expansion and cataloging of the exhibits, and work on the history of the County.