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Historic Renovations Completed at the Jacob Wolf House in Norfork, AR!

The Department of Arkansas Heritage is celebrating the completion of historic renovations at the Jacob Wolf House in Norfork, Arkansas just in time for summer vacation!

Today I have Marlon Mowdy and Mandy Shoptaw from the Department of Arkansas Heritage with me to talk about the amazing work that’s been completed and how you can enjoy this historic site.

That’s right, we’ve just completed a vast historical renovation of the property, which served as a river port, center of trade and a seat of Justice in the Arkansas Territory. The site is also Arkansas’s oldest public structure! We are so excited to welcome visitors to explore this special place.

So tell me a little about who Jacob Wolf was and what major renovations took place?

Jacob Wolf was a merchant, builder of log structures, carpenter, and blacksmith. He was elected as a representative to the General Assembly of Arkansas Territory in 1826. The two-story dogtrot structure was constructed by Jacob Wolf in 1829 as the first permanent courthouse for Izard County in Arkansas Territory.

Historic renovations were just completed that also include many safety and accessibility improvements.

What can visitors do at the site?

As a mother, I know we’re always looking for entertaining educational experiences for our little ones and a trip to the Wolf House is not only beautiful with amazing photos opps of the restored courthouse and the White River, but it’s a great way to literally touch history. The original wood in the main structure dates back to the 1820s, before Arkansas was even a state!

Wolf House makes a great summer experience for the whole family. We’re just 30 minutes from Mountain View, 3 hours from Little Rock, and 3 hours from Fayetteville with many great historic destinations along the way for side trips. The Wolf House is open to the public and summer programs will soon begin, starting with the Norfork Pioneer Days!

When are the Pioneer Days and what can we expect?

The Norfork Pioneer Days are May 17-18, which is a great time to come and see the property. There will be historical reenactors on property and more!

Wonderful! Where can we go for more information?

Marlon: Go to jacobwolfhouse.com to learn more and explore Arkansas’s pioneer history in Norfork. Don’t forget to check out the Norfork Pioneer Days May 17-18!

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