New marker

New Edinburg residents installed an historical marker last week.

An historic marker now commemorates the New Edinburg Commercial Historic District, located along the north and south sides of Highway 8.

The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 4, 2001, as a representative collection of Craftsman-style architecture reflecting the history of commerce in a small rural community from the 1890s to the 1940s.

Eleven buildings comprise the district: the new Edinburg Hotel built in 1879 by Tom Clements and now a private home, Stewart Cash Store, Hamaker-Hearnsberger Store, Cathey Café & Barbershop, Parham Store, Parrot Grocery Store, Lash Store, Haskins Blacksmith Shop, Frey Store, Smith Service Garage and one non-commercial building – the Gill Residence.

“I am so happy to welcome New Edinburg to the Arkansas Marker Program,” said Stacy Hurst. “It’s always exciting to see a community come together to recognize the importance of telling their own story.”

This marker is the 12th to be placed since the program was introduced last year. To participate in the program, markers must commemorate a historic person, place or event, and significance must have been attained at least 50 years ago. Markers must be sponsored by civic groups and organizations, such as chambers of commerce, historical societies, or individuals partnering with these organizations.

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