Posts Tagged ‘Historical Museum’

Voices From Eureka’s Silent City

September 18th, 2010 by Sam Feldman

Last year on Halloween weekend we did something we had never done before – tour a really, really old cemetery at night. It was one the coolest (literally) things that we have ever done! This “living” history walking tour through the Eureka Springs Cemetery features actors in period costumes playing the roles of early citizens reminiscing about their colorful lives. Eureka Springs has such a rich background, we learn new things all the time, even after living here for over eight years! The cemetery holds so many interesting historical figures, we look forward to many years of wonderful stories to be told.

This year, eleven “citizens” of Eureka’s Silent City have been asked to share their stories. The cast includes Cyrus Wilson who was shot in the 1922 robbery of a Eureka Springs bank and Earnest Jordan, the man who shot him; Miss Kitty Goodwin who ran a dance hall in 1880s, Charles W. Conner, the stonemason who built the Carnegie Public Library; plus a miner, a newspaper woman, a vaudeville and Hollywood actress, a bathhouse proprietor, a Civil War widow who ran a rooming house, and the town’s first telephone operator.

Volunteers in period clothing host and lead the tours. It’s an approximately one hour walking tour that includes 5 minute stops with each “citizen.” Tours are scheduled to start around 5:30 p.m. and will leave every twenty minutes, the last one ending at 8:30 p.m. After dusk, participants will be led  by guides with lanterns and the path will be softly illuminated with garden lights. Torches will mark the way, all creating an atmosphere befitting the tales.

The tour is a fund-raising project of the members of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. Proceeds are used to finance daily operations, special exhibits and on-going restoration projects.

Dates for this fabulous event are October 15 & 16th, October 29th & 30th and there will also be other dates in May of 2011, the 6th & the 13th! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Parking is free! There is also a shuttle service and refreshments included in the price of the ticket.

We are looking forward to going again this year; we hope to see you there!

Warmest regards,

Jeff and Nadara (Sam) Feldman – and Sophie, too!

Fall Coming to Eureka Springs

September 10th, 2009 by Sam Feldman

Fall is on its way. You can feel it already in the air. Fall just has a different feel to it – it’s hard to explain. It’s suddenly all about home and comfort and snuggling into your favorite old sweater with the bright gold and rust colors. You just want to start nesting, although I’ve always stopped short of actually tearing up newspapers and piling them in a corner.

View from the East Mountain Overlook

View from the East Mountain Overlook


Whereas in summer most people crave ice cream and sunshine, in the fall I find myself craving chicken & dumplings and curling up in my lounge chair with a good book (my motto:  so many books, so little time…). I think it makes one look forward to the ending of a cycle, just as much as spring has one looking forward to the beginning of a new one.

Of course Eureka Springs is known for its gorgeous mountains, fall colors and unique perspective on autumn. It’s predicted that we are to have an early one this year and I sure hope it’s a long one. Don’t forget how much there is to do here in this season, one of the best being the Early Bird Eagle Watch on the Belle of the Ozarks ( on October 16-18th. Another great outing for everyone is the 14th Annual Howl-O-Ween Party at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on October 24th, which is the only time you can see and hear the large cats at night. They also take you through their haunted field for a truly terrifying Halloween experience! And on October 30-31 there will be costumed guided Historical tours at the Eureka Springs Municipal Cemetary – there’s bound to be some ghosts there!

All of these activities, plus just driving our lovely mountain roads searching for the best possible fall color panorama, should put you in the mood to stay over in Eureka to enjoy snuggling down with a cup 0f hot cocoa and a fireplace. We provide both, so check out our availability calendar for dates that will be open for you to come stay with us.

All this talk of fall puts me in the mood for a fall recipe. Hope you try this and enjoy:

Easy Apple Dumplings

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled & cut in 4 pieces

2 cans Crescent rolls

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2 sticks butter

12 oz can Sprite

Melt butter and add sugar and cinnamon, stirring until blended. Cut each can of crescent rolls in 4 squares and wrap an apple slice in each square. Pour sugar mixture in bottom of pan (or casserole dish), place dumplings on top, pour Sprite over dumplings and bake at 350 for 35 min. Turn dumplings over (carefully) and cook about 10 min. longer.



Warmest regards,

Sam (Sophie’s mom)