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Hope, Arkansas

Hope, Arkansas

This small town in Southwest Arkansas has two claims to fame: it is the birthplace of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and it showcases some of the world's largest watermelons. The Clinton Center preserves Clinton’s first home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for tours. The city’s restored Missouri-Pacific Railroad depot serves as the Hope Visitor Center and Museum and contains local history exhibits and railroad memorabilia. Each August, visitors to the Hope Watermelon Festival sample slices of ice-cold watermelon and view huge melons grown for competition. Nearby Old Washington Historic State Park is a restoration village preserving the 19th-century town of Washington, which figured prominently in Arkansas and Southwest U.S. history. Evidence suggests that Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and others plotted Texas’ revolution for independence from Mexico while staying in the town. Washington also served as the state’s Confederate capital after Little Rock was captured by Union troops during the Civil War.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Hope Visitor Center & Museum

Information center and museum housed in the restored Missouri-Pacific Railroad depot; includes exhibits on former President Clinton'

Hope, AR Museums


Clinton Center & Birthplace

Credit Cards Accepted: MasterCard, Visa Food Service/Picnic Area Available Directions: From I-30 go south to downtown Hope; Ark. 278 & 2nd Street The first home of President Bill Clinton; listed on the National Register of Historic Places; focuses on the 1940s and 1950s;

Hope, AR Historic Homes

Hope Country Club

Course Access: Private
Holes: 18
Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3

Hope, AR Golf Courses

Things to do near Hope, AR

Klipsch Museum

A museum dedicated to the life and achievements of the late Paul W. Klipsch, a Hope resident and an audio engineer who manufa...

John Newton House

Restored 1849 historic home; only house open to the public in El Dorado that was built before the Civil War; decor reflects t...

Clinton Center & Birthplace

Credit Cards Accepted: MasterCard, Visa Food Service/Picnic Area Available Directions: From I-30 go south to downtown Ho...

Texarkana Museum of Regional History

Tells the story of the city located in two states. Housed in the town's oldest brick building, all new galleries with exhibit...

South Arkansas Arboretum State Park

Covered picnic area, five miles of walking trails; Arkansas native flora; Tour Guides may be available with advance request ...