Historical Society plans walking tour of Fayetteville square

Shiloh Museum/WCHS Collection
A photo from Charles Alison and Ellen Compton’s pictorial history of Fayetteville shows what the east side of the downtown square looked like in 1940.

Anyone with an interest in Fayetteville and a pair of comfortable shoes is encouraged to attend a walking tour of the downtown square on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

The tour is part of the Washington County Historical Society‘s 2011 lecture series and will be led by Charles Alison and Ellen Compton, authors of Fayetteville, a newly released pictorial history of the city.

Fayetteville (Images of America)

Alison, manager of special projects at the University of Arkansas office of university relations and Compton, a longtime stalwart of the special collections department at the university of Libraries, will sign copies of their book during a 5:30 p.m. reception in the lobby of the Bank of Fayetteville. Following the reception, the two will lead attendees around the square, describing its history and pointing out notable buildings and the sites of long-gone ones.

Alison and Compton compiled more than 200 annotated historic photos for their book, on behalf of the Washington County Historical Society. All proceeds from sales of the book benefit the society.

Alison is also editor of Flashback, the society’s journal of local history, and maintains fayettevillehistory.com, a website dedicated to Fayetteville’s past.

The final event in this year’s lecture series will address the Civil War in Northwest Arkansas, and be held Nov.1 at the Fayetteville Public Library.

» Purchase Fayetteville online from Arcadia Publishing

Walking tour of Fayetteville Square

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011
Time: Reception at 5:30 p.m., tour immediately following
Location: Bank of Fayetteville, 1 S. Block Avenue