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Newton House Museum

Contact: Patrick Hotard, Executive Director 
510 North Jackson
El Dorado, AR 71730 
Phone: (870) 862-9890
Website:  http://soarkhistory.com/South-Arkansas-Historical-Foundation.html
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This beautiful, two-story circa 1849 Greek revival home has authentic decor that reflects its pre-Civil War era construction. As the only house open to the public in El Dorado that was built before the Civil War, it offers a glimpse into the rich history of southern Arkansas. In 1843, John Newton moved from Alabama to Arkansas, where he homesteaded 2,500 acres northeast of El Dorado, the area of Champagnolle, and built a plantation that flourished. After great success with his Champagnolle cotton plantation, he purchased 546 acres in the burgeoning nearby town from L. Rainey, one of the first settlers in El Dorado. That same year, he built the John Newton House at its original location on 200 Peach Street. In August of 2009 the beautiful Ante-bellum home of John and Penelope Newton, c. 1848 was dedicated as the Newton House Museum.