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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

El Dorado Downtown

Directions: U.S. 167 to Main Street Exit. Three miles to downtown. Boutiques and shops on historic square; walking tour of...

Fordyce on the Cotton Belt car show

car and truck show judging on 100 point basis. Best of Show, Peoples Choice, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies. Contaci Phil 87...

Lake Columbia Fishing

Fishing: Largemouth bass are the lake\'s main drawing card, but fishing is also excellent for crappie, channel catfish, blueg...

Ginger's Flea Market

Directions: Business Hwy 82, Turn Left On Washington Antiques, glassware, furniture, jewelry, collectibles, coins, tools ...

Ashley County Museum

Local history exhibits; carriage house; buggy collection; open by appointment. ...