Historic Preservation Officials to Visit Craighead County Agricultural Properties

JONESBORO, AR - Historians from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will visit Craighead County later this month to document historic properties reflecting the evolution and activities of the cotton and rice farming industries in the Arkansas Delta.

"Cotton and rice farming are two of the most historically important industries associated with Craighead County and we want to have a record of the buildings and sites that tell the stories of those industries," said AHPP Director Ken Grunewald.

Among the types of properties the agency will seek to document are barns, sheds, silos, gins, mills, dryers, warehouses, grain elevators, crop duster hangars and landing strips, plantation stores and tenant houses that were constructed at least 50 years ago.

The AHPP historians will photograph the properties and document them to determine which properties may be eligible for recognition to the National Register of Historic Places.

Other Region 8 counties in the survey include Clay, Crittenden, Cross, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, St. Francis, White and Woodruff.