Stage stop in time

City considers future of historic property

Posted: March 22, 2018 at 5 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Natalie Breaux, a graduate student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, begins to sketch Friday, September 15, 2017, one of the structures at Fitzgerald Station in Springdale. About 20 students and faculty from the University are studying adaptive reuse of historic properties. The students will come up with plans for the Fitzgerald Station site, which was a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail route in the 1850s. The property was recently foreclosed on by Arvest Bank and preservationists are concerned about its future.

We kept traveling all day and night ... our way during Friday afternoon and evening being through an extremely dusty, hilly and stony road ... This brought us to Callahan's, but twelve miles from Fayetteville ... We greased our wagon, changed horses and got some breakfast -- all in an incredibly short space of time -- after which, we set out for Fayetteville.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Glenn Jones, a Benton County historic preservation commissioner, spoke last summer at Fitzgerald's Station on Old Wire...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE This 1870s Greek Revival style house stands on the footprint of the home built by original homesteaders, Mary and John...

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE A historical marker stands near Fitzgerald's Station in Springdale, highlighting the site's time as a stage stop for t...

Fitzgerald’s Station

Through the Years

One of the earliest homesteads in all of Northwest Arkansas — early 1830s

Well-known inn and tavern on old military road/wire road — by late 1830s

Witness to two Cherokee detachments on the Trail of Tears — 1837, 1839

Station on Butterfield Overland stagecoach route — 1858 to 1860

Civil War soldiers passed, and two skirimishes broke out nearby — 1863 to 1864

Stable listed as one of “Arkansas’ Most Endangered Places” by the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas — 2000

Listed on National Register of Historic Places (one only two nonresidential structures from before 1875 in the state) — 2003

Earned designation from National Park Service as certified site on Trail of Tears National Historic Trail — 2008

Called “most intact farmstead of the era not on a museum site,” by Gary Clements, an Arkansas architect — 2018

SOURCE: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

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