Hope Arkansas, the home of Clinton and More
Probably the most visited attraction in the town of Hope, Arkansas is the Clinton Birthplace Home. Dr. H.S Garrett home built this 2 1/2 story American in 1917. While on a tour of the Clinton Birthplace Home, you'll see an Oval Office rug that was designed by Kaki Hockersmith of Little Rock and woven by the Scott Group. When you enter the kitchen, you'll see it is a typical kitchen of the 1940's and 1950's. It was here that Bill Clinton learned numbers and basic math by his grandmother by attaching playing cards to the window curtains. You'll see a copy of the Inauguration Day Front Page in the home as well as toys that President Clinton may have played with. The tour of the home includes a timeline of President Clinton's life and a gift shop for visitors to shop. The Clinton Birthplace Home is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Klipsch Museum depicts the life and achievements of the late Paul W. Klipsch. Klipsch was a Hope resident and an audio engineer who manufactured loudspeakers. The museum displays replicas of his office, model railroad trains he built, photographs, speakers and other memorabilia.
Hope has many historical places to see and visit. The Old Washington Historic State Park offers a number of buildings to visit. You'll see the Hempstead County Courthouse that was built in 1874 and now houses the park visitor center and gift shop. The Trimble House is furnished with several generations of furnishings that belonged to the Trimble family. The Simon T. Sanders Urban Farmstead is a historic home of a county official of Washington. Here you'll learn about daily life in Washington. Visit the B.W. Edwards Weapons Museum where you'll see a collection of over 700 guns, knives and swords.
The Old Washington Historic State Park also includes a Print Museum, the 1836 Hempstead County Courthouse and the Blacksmith Shop where you can experience and learn the history of the Bowie knife and learn about frontier blacksmith James Black. At the end of your tour, swing into Williams' Tavern Restaurant where you can enjoy a hearty lunch.
The Southwest Proving Ground Museum honors the military personnel and local civilians who served at the proving grounds when the WWII facility was used to test bombs, artillery shells and other munitions. A bronze memorial plaque was placed at the Hope Municipal Airport Control Tower as the Army Air Corps used the tower during World War II. The airport hangar at the proving ground was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Plans are made to establish a museum in the hanger with a smaller history display to be located at the visitor's center in downtown Hope in the former railroad station.
Hope offers a number of shops that specialize in gifts, Native American arts and crafts, clothing, and souvenirs. Everyone will be able to find a shop that fits his or her needs. Restaurants aren't lacking in Hope and you'll have your choice of good old American, Mexican and a number of other foods, but the favorite meal in Hope is catfish.
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