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The History of Fairview Cemetery with Randy Smith

October 18, 2018
7:00 p.m.

Join local historian Randy Smith to hear the interesting story of Van Buren’s Fairview Cemetery, and how it came to be on the National Historic Registry. The Confederate Section of Van Buren's historic Fairview Cemetery contains the graves of many Confederate soldiers that died from wounds or disease in the Civil War in Arkansas River Valley and Northwest Arkansas. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the plot is located on the northern side of Fairview Cemetery, which overlooks historic downtown Van Buren from a sloping ridge that once played a key role in a Civil War battle. Fairview Cemetery is also the location of an odd “mystery grave” that Arkansas folklore says contains the remains of a soldier from the Hernando de Soto expedition. The story may be unlikely but has long been a popular local legend.

Admission: Free.

Event Location and Contact Information:
Fort Smith Public Library
3201 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas

479-783-0229
http://www.fortsmithlibrary.org


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