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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

Grider Field Museum

The Pine Bluff School of Aviationwas established by the U.S. Army Air Corps and trained over 9,000 pilots for World War II. S...

Ashdown Golf Club

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Grant County Museum & Heritage Village

Directions: U.S. 270 in Sheridan to Ark. 46 Extensive collection of Civil War artifacts; restored Depression-era cafe; col...

White Hall Museum

Directions: Located Behind The Police Station. Displays local historic materials including a classroom, dolls, documents, ...

Magnolia Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...