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Battery A

One of four earthen batteries erected by the Union army in 1862, it was attacked by the Confederates during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. Not open to the public at this time, historical marker...


Battery B

One of four earthen batteries erected by the Union army in 1862, its gunners helped repulse the Confederate attacks on Batteries A and C during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. Historical marker ...


Battery C

One of four earthen batteries erected by the Union army in 1862, it briefly fell to the Confederates during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. Interpretive wayside on site, additional improvements ...


Battery D

One of four earthen batteries erected by the Union army in 1862, it was attacked by the Confederates during the Battle of Helena on July 4, 1863. Not open to the public at this time, historical marker...


Beth El Heritage Hall

Given to the Delta Cultural Center by the congregation, the former Temple Beth El, ca. 1913, serves as community space and a conference venue. A wayside interpreting the services of northern benevolen...


Cleo Dunning Park

During the July 4, 1863, Battle of Helena, constant fire from Union cavalry and artillery near the levee helped stall the advance on Battery A. A wayside interprets the Union strategy and Confederate ...


Court Square Park

A reproduction field artillery piece stands next to an exhibit interpreting Phillips County’s Confederate soldiers, battles in which they took part, and the changes wrought by war. Other exhibits di...


Delta Cultural Center Depot Museum

The region’s Civil War history and the Battle of Helena feature in exhibits that tell the story of the Arkansas Delta from prehistoric times to the present. Waysides outside of the Depot introduce H...


Estevan Hall

Fleetwood Hanks’ descendants lived in this house for 170 years. The history of the Hanks family, their Civil War experiences, and the history of Estevan Hall are told in an outdoor exhibit. Estevan ...


Freedom Park

This beautiful park, once the location of a Contraband camp, encourages contemplation. Five exhibits explore the experiences of refugee slaves who came to Helena in search of freedom and a life of sel...


General Patrick Cleburne

A brilliant military tactician beloved by his men, Confederate General Patrick Cleburne is an iconic figure. The exhibit on the museum lawn, which features a life-size bronze of Cleburne, describes hi...


Helena Museum

Phillips County history is told through exhibits using the museum’s impressive collections. A diorama of the Battle of Helena, Thomas Hindman’s desk, Patrick Cleburne’s prayer book and more brin...


Helena Riverpark

A number of regiments, including the 9th Minnesota, camped on the bank of the Mississippi. Learn why Union soldiers called the city “Hell-in-Arkansas” and what role the gunboat Tyler played in the...


Kelly Courtyard

In the spring of 1863, the federal government began recruiting Freedmen into the Union army. Exhibits examine recruiting in Helena, the formation of the 54th and 57th United States Colored Infantry re...


Levee Walk

The Levee Walk offers panoramic views of downtown Helena and the Mississippi River and the opportunity to learn more about Helena’s history. Civil War exhibits discuss the Battle of Helena, the Yazo...


Magnolia Cemetery

This African American Cemetery was established before the Civil War. One of the first black Legislators of Arkansas, W. H. Grey, successful businessman Abraham Miller and his wife, well-known philanth...


Maple Hill Cemetery & Confederate Cemetery

An exhibit near the Confederate Cemetery discusses seven high-ranking Confederate officers from Phillips County. Exhibits in the Confederate Cemetery interpret its history and Patrick Cleburne’s gra...


Moore-Hornor Home

Bullet holes in the parlor doors are a vivid reminder of the Battle of Helena. Given by the Hornor family to the Delta Cultural Center, exhibits will interpret its role as a hospital following the bat...


New Fort Curtis

The original Fort Curtis was built soon after the Union army occupied Helena in 1862. New Fort Curtis allows visitors to experience an earthen fort firsthand, including the huge 24-pounder guns. Exhib...



St. Catherine Convent and Academy

In 1858, the Sisters of Mercy, a Roman Catholic Order, established a boarding school and convent in Helena. An exhibit representing the iconic school cupola interprets the history of the Academy and s...


Tappan-Pillow House

When James Camp Tappan enlisted in the Confederate army, his wife, Mary, accompanied him to his assignment. Soon after the Federals occupied Helena, the Union army seized the Tappan home. An exhibit o...


The Hindman House

In July 1862, Confederate General Thomas C. Hindman and his family were in Little Rock when Union General Samuel Curtis confiscated the Hindman home. An exhibit representing the Hindman home interpret...


The Lamb Plantation

Confederate General Archibald S. Dobbins’ cavalry attacked the Lamb plantation, which was being worked by Freedmen, in August 1864, as part of a campaign to break up the government plantation lease ...


The Plantation Lease System

In 1863, the federal government began leasing plantations abandoned by Confederate sympathizers. Many Freedmen in Helena found work on the plantations, and for the first time received pay for their la...


The Polk House and Plantation

Confederate forces gathered at the Alan Polk house before the July 4, 1863, Battle of Helena. After the battle they retreated to the house, which became a field hospital, and the yard, a burial place....


Union Army Marches into Helena

In July 1862, Helena became a Union stronghold in Confederate Arkansas and an island of freedom for refugee slaves. Panels depicting Union soldiers and freedom seekers, artillery and a supply wagon en...