Kids day out in Lonoke County MuseumTagged as indoor, museum
215 W Front St
About Lonoke County Museum
The Lonoke County Museum is located in Lonoke (Lonoke County) in rural central Arkansas. The mission of the museum is to identify, collect, and preserve artifacts and records of Lonoke County and to educate the public. Local citizens formed a non-profit organization in 1998 to establish this permanent museum. The museum occupies the historic Scott Building, donated by the Bennett family in honor of J. O. (“Pete”) and Gertrude Bennett. The building—previously a residence, a doctor’s office, and a car dealership—is in the Lonoke Historic District. Roof repairs funded by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program revealed Spanish oak timbers, which date the building back to the early 1880s.
The genealogy center includes photographs, Bibles, scrapbooks, and diaries. The center has a collection of maps spanning two centuries. The collection includes cemetery headstone books and marriage records for both Lonoke and Pulaski counties, which continue to be updated by volunteers. The collection also includes marriage records, court records, and abstracts from local newspapers from 1873 through 1965.
The museum has a wonderful display of animals that at one time were native to Lonoke County. The last heard of Buffalo in Arkansas were slaughtered in the Saline River Bottoms in 1808. They were extinct in the Territory by 1820.