History walk is planned in PB

Pine Bluff will soon become the locale of an Arkansas Historic Preservation Project Walks Through History tour.

City Inspection and Zoning Department Director Robert Tucker told the Pine Bluff Historic District Commission on Friday of the Saturday, Aug. 10, event that is to be led by the AHPP’s Rachel Silva. The statewide tour program typically attracts a good number of local and non-local participants.

Tucker said the Pine Bluff tour is still being planned but will definitely include a walk through a portion of the downtown section, including the Jefferson County Courthouse, the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Society and the old Hotel Pines. Also to be visited are the Boone-Murphy and Du Bocage homes.

Tucker announced, too, that it appears the city will be receiving the entire $2,747 in federal Certified Local Government grant funds it had requested. The money will be used for several purposes, including training opportunities for commissioners and publication of city historic guideline booklets.

The recent grand opening of the renovated Boone-Murphy House at 714 W. Fourth Ave. was reviewed. Tucker said the event was successful despite hot and humid weather conditions. A brief discussion was held on furnishing the facility, which is designated as the commission’s home site.

Tucker said he sees “no reason” why the commission’s August meeting can’t be held at the former residence, which dates back to about 1860 and served as Union Army headquarters during the Civil War. The house was later obtained by Trinity Episcopal Church, where it was utilized as a women’s center and library and for other purposes through several decades.