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McCollum-Chidester House

This house, located a half mile west on Highway 4, was built in 1847 and was occupied by a Union commander during the Civil War. Original furnishings are displayed and bullet holes are still visible in the upstairs walls. Open April through October, Wednesday through Saturday.

John Chidester, a stagecoach business owner, brought his family to Camden from Tuscumbia, Alabama when he decided to extend his stagecoach lines to Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. Chidester received contracts from the U.S. government to deliver mail, and he believed that Camden would be the perfect place to set up the hub of his business.

Location: 926 Washington Street, Camden Arkansas 71701 Telephone 870-836-9243

Other History nearby:
McCollum-Chidester House
Nevada County Depot and Museum
(West Columbia)
Varner-Hogg Plantation

04/10 Coming to The Camden area
Arkansas Literary Festival Little Rock AR April18-21 The tenth anniversary gathering with events on both sides of the river. Featuring well known authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
World Famous Armidillo Festival Hamburg AR May1-4 The World Famous Armidillo Festival takes place on Hamburg's town square and the surrounding blocks. Local bands play on Friday night of the festival and all day Saturday to ensure your weekend is the best.
Riverfest Little Rock AR May24-26 Riverfest is a celebration of visual and performing arts that is held annually over Memorial Day weekend on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock.
Louisiana Peach Fest Ruston LA June21-22 The fun begins on Friday in Ruston’s historic Railroad Park at 6:30 p.m. with Dixie Tradition, followed by a return festival appearance by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band at 8:30 p.m.
Hope Watermelon Festival Hope AR August9-11 Watermelon Olympics, melon judging and auction, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, melon toss, antique engine show, entertainment and SW Arkansas' largest arts and crafts show.