Local Attractions

 

While you’re staying at The Little Shamrock Motel, check out the various interesting and beautiful sites around town.

Howard County Farmers’ Market

May 6-7

The Howard County Farmers’ Market will begin its 2022 summer season this coming weekend on Friday, May 6 from 7-11am and on Saturday, May 7 from 5-8pm. 

Scheduled vendors are:

FRIDAY

Salinas Farms: Cabbage, onions, potatoes, beets, assorted jellies, and raw honey. 

Carolyn Spenser: Cinnamon rolls, breads, and other baked goods.

Gerry Wenta: Tomato and pepper plants, tomato towers, car penter bee traps, flower cuttings.

Carter Homestead’s Happy Hens: Farm fresh eggs, crafts

SATURDAY

Gerry Wenta: Tomato and pepper plants, tomato towers, car penter bee traps, flower cuttings.

Lu Lu’s Delights: Candy Apple jelly, grape jelly, banana nut bread, zucchini bread, cowboy cookies, chocolate chip cookies.

Jennifer Martinez: Farm fresh eggs, various home-baked pas tries, hand-crafted fishing lures.

On Saturday, Bubbles the Clown will be face painting and making balloon animals for the kids.

Farmers market has vendors who accept WIC vouchers, and you will be able to identify them by the signs indicating that they do.

 

Peach Tree Festival

May 14

Nashville, Arkansas!

Nashville’s annual Peach Blossom Festival will return to its downtown roots on Saturday, May 14.

The Main Street Central Business District will be blocked off for the event which begins at 10 am.

There will be a live band, bounce houses, games for kids, food and craft vendors, homemade peach ice cream and a tal ent show. To sign up for the latter contact Tammy Westfall at 200-4888.

Other events include a 5K run starting at 9:30 am at 201 S. Main, and a cornhole tournament to be held in front of the chamber of commerce office. There is a $30 team entry fee. At 10am teams may register and warm up. Brackets will be drawn at 10:30 followed by play in the double elimination tourney. Boards will be provided, but teams should bring bags. The winning team splits the pot.

Cowboy Poetry Event 

May 21 

Local singer/songwriter Hayden Powell is scheduled to be one of the performers when the Diamond Writers Association hosts an evening of cowboy poetry, story telling and music on Saturday, May 21st on the square in Murfreesboro.

The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to put on your cowboy hat and help celebrate the American cowboy.

If you are a cowboy poet and would like to perform that evening, or want additional information, please drop an e-mail to diamondwritersassociation@gmail.com, or send a message to the Diamond Writers Association Facebook page. You may also send a text to 870-828-9591

Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village

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Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village is a tourist attraction featuring a museum, arrowhead hunting, artifacts, stones and the burial mounds are great to check out. Open daily.  TREASURE HUNT is a new daily event and special Hunts twice a year. Located about 2 miles from the motel, this Village is a favorite dig and find artifacts and added items.   The Gift Shop is amazing. You can check out their official website here:  KaDoHa

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Diamond Park Speedway

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Yes, you can go to the races! Just minutes from Murfreesboro every Saturday night.  Gates open at 5:00pm. Great fun for the entire family! They have a few other special races so check out their website for details:  DiamondParkSpeedway.com
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Keep in mind we are in a Dry County. In fact, our neighbouring town of Nashville (which is 15 minutes down the highway where Walmart is located) is also a dry county.  There are no locations in these Counties to purchase any type of alcohol and consumption of it is to be indoors, with no public drinking permitted.

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Historic Washington State Park

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Historic Washington was the capital of Arkansas before the Civil War.  A visit here feels like a trip back in time! All original buildings filled with a rich tapestry of history. The staff dresses in period costumes and even the restaurant has traditional southern fare.

Their events calendar is full all year round with various Civil War re-enactments, festivals and fairs.  I love visiting often, check out their website: Historic Washington State Park

Don’t miss out on this experience of the past, just a short drive from Murfreesboro.

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Narrows Dam – Stocking the river with trout

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Narrows Dam is performing exactly as it was designed to over 60 years ago. As with all Corps of Engineers projects, it was engineered to withstand significantly greater amounts of water.
 
The Little Missouri River begins in western Arkansas southeast of Mena, flowing freely through the Ouachita Mountains and scenic areas of the Ouachita National Forest that include the Little Missouri Falls and Albert Pike recreation areas. Some six miles north of Murfreesboro, Narrows Dam impounds its waters to form Lake Greeson. Below Greeson, the river flows past Murfreesboro before proceeding southeast to its mouth in the lower Ouachita River. About three miles south of Murfreesboro, the river passes beside Crater of Diamonds State Park, the world’s only site where the public can search for diamonds where they naturally occur and keep their finds.
 

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Annual Hope Watermelon Festival

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There is an annual Hope Watermelon Festival which is a must see. Check them out here for dates.
 
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CADDO RIVER FESTIVAL 2021 Sept 3 & 4

in Glenwood Arkansas 

Reminiscent of Sawmill Days; events include vendor & food fair, tractor and antique car shows, sawdust dig and many other activities for kids, custom log carver, canoes on wheels race!   Oh the list goes on for this 2 day event about 20min drive from Murfreesboro. 

You can check out their official website here 

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Hawkins General Store – Historic Sight

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The old Owens-Stelle Building was erected about 1909 during the “Murfreesboro Diamond Rush”. Initially built as a doctor’s office and pharmacy it has housed Hawkins General Store since 1943 when Millard and Florence Hawkins first opened! Located in the Town Square across the street from our other hotel The Ireland. The store is now owned by Dewayne and Francy.

Phone Number: (870) 285-3587

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Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park
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Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond mine in the United States open to the public.  Dig for gemstones.

For more information, visit the official site: Crater of Diamonds or Facts About Diamonds.

The Little Shamrock is about 5 minutes drive from the Crater, The Ireland is the closest hotel to the Crater in all of Murfreesboro.

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Want more digging?

 

About a one hour drive from Murfreesboro is a mountainous area named Mena that is full of crystals. There are two locations that I have been told are good:

 

Sweet Surrender Crystal Mines

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I am told this is a great place to dig for crystals; especially with children! It is located near Mena.  Check out their website for more information: Sweet Surrender Crystals

 

Wegner’s Crystal Mines & Museum

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Another location to dig for crystals with the family! Keep all you find. For details, see: Wegner Crystal Mines

 

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Coleman Mines

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I first learned of the existence of this mine from some geology students that visited the motel last year. It is located in Jessieville, Arkansas about an hour and a half drive from Murfreesboro.  If you happen to be visiting the Hot Springs during your visit to Arkansas, the Coleman Mines are approximately half an hour’s drive North of the Springs. You can find more info at: Coleman Crystal Mines

 

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Lake Greeson

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Lake Greeson is located just 6 miles from the Little Shamrock Motel and was formed when the Narrows Dam was built on the Little Missouri River in 1950. The lake is known for its great fishing for striped bass, black bass, crappie, bream, catfish, white bass and smallmouth bass. Lake Greeson is also stocked with northern pike and walleye. The Little Missouri River, above and below Lake Greeson, is stocked with rainbow trout.
 
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Hot Springs

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Many of our guests enjoy taking a day trip to enjoy the unique attractions in Hot Springs but stay in our small quiet town.  The Hot Springs park with the steaming water running over the rocks is quite the sight. I personally like to collect water while I am there as there are locations for this purpose at various spots around the city.  Collect either hot or cooled water.  My favorite tours are the Belle River Paddle Boat tour of Lake Hamilton. It was very informative giving a rich history of the area, the gangsters who ran the city’s underworld and the famous Bath house; this is a great experience that you will not find anywhere else. If you enjoy taking a baths, check it out !

Hot Springs Official Site

BuckstaffBaths.com

BelleRiverBoat.com

National Park Service

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While you’re staying in Murfreesboro, you might see the famous “Penny Truck” or our amazing old-timey Firetruck driving around town.