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Scott County Museum Finds New Home in Historic Courthouse

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Treasuring the past, embracing our area’s rich history–the Scott County Museum of History is dedicated to preserving the heritage of Scott County, Arkansas.

In an exciting announcement this month, the museum’s Executive Director and Board President, Ty Richardson, announced that they had procured the historic Scott County Courthouse, located at 184 S Main Street in Waldron. “We were able to get a grant with the assistance of Scott County Judge James Forbes to rehabilitate the first floor of the courthouse,” shared Richardson.

The restoration project has been a labor of love for both Richardson and Media Specialist, Carolyn Hanna, who together, have worked tirelessly to see the project to completion. Although the first floor has been the focus, Richardson noted that in the future he would like to apply for additional grants to rehabilitate the second and third floors of the former courthouse. “We would eventually like to occupy the whole building,” stated Richardson.

Richardson, a Scott County native, has a master’s degree in historic preservation. His work as a historian at the National Parks led him back to his roots. “I decided to come back here and help my community,” Richardson added.

The museum’s director described the collection as “impressive” and expressed his gratitude towards Gary Blythe, the owner of Blythe’s Scott County Museum for his contribution. “A large portion of the museum was generously donated by him…the collection includes Native American, Central American, and Japanese artifacts. It will also include quite a bit of World War II items.”

According to Richardson, the museum is slated for a soft opening in early 2022. The Scott County Museum of History is now accepting donations by mail and direct deposit. For those who prefer a tax receipt please send a check to PO Box 1825, Waldron, AR 72958. Anonymous donations may be made at Community National Bank in Waldron.

**Editor’s Note: It’s with heavy hearts that we share the sad news that Gary Blythe has passed away. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Shirley and the Blythe family.**

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