Walking Down Memory Lane

July 12, 2003 - Posted at: 11:00 p.m. CDT

BURDETTE, Ark. -- On Saturday, some Arkansans took a "Walk Through History" in Mississippi County. The Burdette School Complex Historic District was the latest stop on the "Walks Through History" program.

In the program, state historians provide free guided walking tours of historic structures and districts across Arkansas.

The Mississippi County Historical Society co-sponsored the tour of the school grounds, which were completed in the 1930's.

"There's a smell, there's an au about the building that is still there, and everybody that goes in says it still smells like a school," said Mississippi County Historical Society member and school alumnus Ruth Haley.

Haley is responsible for getting the school grounds on the National Registry.

"The National Register means that you have a building of some architectural significance that is over fifty years old," said Haley. "This one reflects to me the development of Mississippi County and the delta."

Burdette's Mayor Tim Sullivan also attended the school. Sullivan said it was exciting for residents to return to their roots.

"They like to see the places they grew up and went to school, and they like to see them not being torn down and not being demolished," said Sullivan. "We hope that we can save these structures, but it's going to take some money to do it, and we realize that."

Sullivan says at the moment, there's no current talk of tearing the buildings down. However, Sullivan fears that if no occupant steps forward in the next ten years, the buildings may fall into disrepair.