The Nevada County Depot and Museum is closed on weekends and Mondays and open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, except when the City of Prescott offices are closed and on holidays. If you would like to visit outside of the listed hours, please call 870.887.5821 and leave a message. We will try to arrange a more convenient time for you.
As the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial draws to a close, we have had a very active commemoration of one of the most pivotal events in American history as it occurred in our fine state. Currently, we have a unique opportunity to propel the momentum created by the Sesquicentennial with the acquisition of over 800 acres of the Prairie D’Ane National Historic Landmark.
The Prairie D’Ane National Landmark straddles I-30 in Nevada County. It is an important event in the Arkansas portion of the 1864 spring offensive in both Arkansas and Louisiana, known as the Red River Campaign. The aim of this campaign was to topple the Confederate General Kirby Smith, the commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi region—the Confederacy west of the Mississippi—who was headquartered in Shreveport. The Arkansas portion came to be known as the Camden Expedition and included the Nevada County battles of Elkins’ Ferry, Prairie D’Ane, and Moscow.
The Friends of Prairie D’Ane Battlefield need your help before the historic Prairie D’Ane Battlefield is lost forever. Being relatively untouched, this pristine resting place represents the hallowed grounds drenched with the blood of young men from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin, including two regiments of Choctaw soldiers. These young men, fathers, brothers, and sons, risked their lives to protect the American freedoms that so many take for granted in today’s society. Let us and our children not forget the valiant sacrifice these young men made and protect, preserve, and honor their final resting place for generations to come.
With the purchase having been extended to the third quarter of this year, the time to act is now. Beginning with the appraised purchase price of 1.4 million dollars, including pledges and donations from major organizations, such as the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Civil War Trust, the Friends of Prairie D’Ane Battlefield need your help in raising the remaining 200,000 dollars. Please help us in making a difference today. We are thankful for your time and consideration of this worthy cause. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.
Print a membership form. Contributions go toward operations, maintenance of the building, preservation of artifacts, expansion and cataloging of the exhibits, and work on the history of the County.