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South Arkansas Historical Foundation & the Newton House Museum

The South Arkansas Historical Foundation is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit located in El Dorado, Arkansas.  The Foundation’s principal property is the beautiful Newton House Museum.  Located on Jackson Street, this historic Greek Revival home has authentic décor that reflects its antebellum construction (circa 1849).  As the only antebellum home open to the public in El Dorado, it offers a glimpse into the rich history of southern Arkansas. 

The Foundation also hosts the annual Mayhaw Festival, free educational programs (September through May), and a Speakers Series co-sponsored by South Arkansas Community College.  Membership is available through the Preservation Society support organization.


2014 Mayhaw Festival


EL DORADO – The South Arkansas Historical Foundation is pleased to announce that the 22nd  Annual Mayhaw Festival will be held on Saturday May 3rd, 2014 in El Dorado. The title sponsors for the 2014 festival are El Dorado Chemical Company and First Financial Bank.  

The May 3rd street festival will occur on the grounds of the Newton House Museum and along Jackson Street between Faulkner and Sheppard Streets on Saturday from 7:30 AM to 4 PM.  The festival will include children’s activities, rock climbing, 5K/10K Run, Mayhaw biscuit breakfast, museum tours, live music, craft vendors, lawn & garden vendors, Mayhaw jelly, antique car and motorcycle show, and an art contest.   Bands scheduled for Saturday include Clancy Ferguson and the Ragtags, Farmer in the Markets, Andy Reed from the Goat Pilots and the Haley Creek Boys.  The popular chicken wing cook-off, called the WING DING, is now in its fourth year.  The grand prize for the best wings will be $1000.00 and a bante rooster.  Festival patrons, vendors, runners, and cooking teams interested in the WING DING should visit the official Mayhaw Festival web site: for additional information.  

Event Sponsors include: Murphy USA (10K/5K Run), Great Lakes Solutions, KIX 103, and Marmik Oil (bands), Trotter Nissan Dodge Jeep Chrysler (car/bike show), William P. Cook, CPA (t-shirts).  Crotty Casing Crews, Evers, Cox, & Gober, and Nexans AmerCable will be sponsoring the WING DING and our thanks to Timberlane Meat Market for providing the chicken wings at cost.  Event Co-Sponsors include: Wells Fargo Advisors/The Allen Financial Group (art show), Dickerson Law Firm (Breakfast), Clean Harbors and Crotty Casing Crews (children’s activities) and Sydney Murphy Design (Newton House tours).  Media Partners include: Art Attack, The Diamond Agency, El Dorado A&P Commission, and Noalmark Broadcasting Corporation. 

Come and join the fun and bring the entire family.  Please visit the Mayhaw Festival on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and website for regular postings, registration forms, and updates. 


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