Confederate Monument built 1908 in Bentonville
Photo by: Bobak Ha’eri, Creative Commons

Bentonville is most famous for being the birthplace of Wal-Mart. The first Wal-Mart Store still stands and is a physical reminder of the retail chain’s success story. It is also used as a visitor’s center and has been decorated to act as a museum displaying memorabilia from Wal-Mart’s earlier days. But other than producing one of the richest men in the country, Bentonville also has a rich heritage.

The city has a big sightseeing potential when it comes to historical buildings and sites. The Peel Mansion and Historic Gardens is an architectural eye candy. This Italian Style Villa was filled and decorated with antiques from the 1800s in order to exude its original vibe. The mansion is a popular site for weddings and corporate events due to its charming style. Pay tribute to the countries unsung heroes by visiting the Veteran’s Wall of Honor. The Museum of Native American Artifacts provides a sneak peek of what America was like during the time of its first inhabitants.

One of the things to look forward to seeing in Bentonville is the opening of the Crystal Bridges Museum. While its galleries will showcase various artworks in the future, the museum itself is a veritable work of art. In a marriage of landscape, art and architecture, the Crystal Bridges Museum will surely draw in visitors from all over the country.

If you’re starting to think that Bentonville is all about the past with its rich history, please reconsider. This city is known for its hospitality as well as for the various recreational activities available. Take your pick of trails to hike but make sure you try the Crystal Bridges Trail and stop by at the observation deck. Go camping at one of the nearby state parks if you’re an outdoor adventurer or go kayaking at the Bella Vista Lake.

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