An Authentically Restored Ozark Town at Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Temporary Prices for Village Tour Due to Renovations
Adult (12 & up) $5.00 before tax
Children (6-11) $3.00 before tax
5 & under Free
Mountain Village 1890, an historic re-creation of an Ozark settlement, is a living tribute to the pioneers who first settled this remote part of the country. These were hardy men and women who followed the trails into our mountains from the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. The village is a Bull Shoals, Arkansas, attraction that draws families, particularly those interested in local or living history, from across the United States.
When you stay at Aunt Grace’s Stay ‘N Play you may have a free pass into the 1890′s Village when you buy a Cavern ticket.
The Mountain Village 1890 is located at the Bull Shoals Caverns. When you are in the lowest spot of the Cavern ( I think about 95 feet below ground)
you are under the Blacksmith shop.
The above link is to an E-Tour of the Village.
Weddings may be held at the Church.
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Our community church was built in 1888 at Blue Eye, Missouri, on the Arkansas/Missouri state line. It was moved 126 miles intact to become a part of Mountain Village 1890. According to tradition, the church was placed on the highest ground of the village, to be looked up to. It was the religious and social center of the village. Double doors on the front allowed a coffin to be carried into the church.
The church would have served any denomination, and any minister in the area could preach on Sunday morning. The ministers — Catholic priests first, followed by Presbyterians, Methodists and Baptists — were paid from the money in the collection plate. If the congregation liked the sermon, they’d put more in the collection plate, so the ministers really worked for their salary.
The working organ is a combination of parts made in Germany in 1881 and a cabinet made in the United States in 1882. There were no choirs at the time. The minister would announce the title of the song, the organist would begin to play, and the congregation would begin singing words they had memorized as young children.
A bench in the right front corner marks the Amen Corner, where the elders of the church sat. If they approved of the sermon, they would shout “Amen” or “Hallelujah, Brother!
Mountain Village 1890
Bull Shoals Caverns
1011 C. S. Woods Boulevard
P. O. Box 444
Bull Shoals, Arkansas 72619
Phone: (870) 445-7177
Toll free: (800) 445-7177