Boone County Historical & Railroad Society, Inc.
Boone County Historian
Oak Leaves
Boone County Heritage Museum
Boone County Heritage Museum
About The Museum
Boone County Heritage MuseumOn May 16, 1978, a group of individuals interested in Boone County history met and formed the Boone County Historical & Genealogical Society. The primary purpose of the organization would be to gather, preserve and record as much of the early history of the county and its people as possible. The newly formed society began publication of a quarterly journal titled the Boone County Historian.

The Historian published accounts of local history, pictures, and other information pertaining to our history. The Historical Society held monthly meetings at various places and presented programs of interest to its members. From the very beginning, the Historical Society members had visions of opening a museum. In 1987, a series of events permitted this vision to become a reality.
Due to financial and other reasons, the Missouri and Arkansas (M&A) Railroad Museum, Inc. located at Beaver, Arkansas was searching for a suitable group willing to accept its assets and the responsibility of keeping its museum operating. During the months of April and May 1987, there was a great deal of communication between the board of the Railroad Museum at Beaver and the Historical Society of Harrison. All of the Railroad Museum's assets would soon be given to the Historical Society.
Harrison High School building, 1915Another streak of luck was the availability of the old Harrison High School. The original cornerstone laying for this building occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 30, 1912, and construction was completed the same year. The building was later renovated in 1951, serving as a Junior High until 1987. The Harrison School Board then agreed to lease the building to the Historical Society. On June 25, 1987, the transfer of assets from Beaver to the museum was completed. After many months of hard work, carpeting, cleaning and repainting the interior, Boone County finally had a museum.
For a time, the Boone County Historical & Genealogical Society and the M&A Railroad Museum, Inc. were kept as separate organizations with one board of trustees. It soon became apparent it would be better if the two were merged. The name chosen was the Boone County Historical & Railroad Society, Inc., and on January 16, 1989, an official Certificate of Merger was issued.
Since this time, membership in the Society has increased dramatically. The museum has given the group, area residents and visitors a place to bring and enjoy items of local historical interest.
The Boone County Heritage Museum is located in Harrison, Arkansas at 124 South Cherry Street, at the corner of Central Avenue and South Cherry. We are one block West of scenic Highway 7 South and one block South of Arkansas Highway 392.
Boone County Heritage Museum
124 South Cherry Street
Harrison, AR 72601
Phone (870) 741-3312
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The museum is open during the following hours:
March through November
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Saturday & Sunday
December through February
Thursday Only 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Admission to the Boone County Heritage Museum is only $2 for adults. Children under 12 are admitted free, if accompanied by an adult.
For members of the Boone County Historical & Railroad Society, admission to the Boone County Heritage Museum is free!
There is plenty of free parking at the museum. There is a lot adjacent to the museum, another lot across the street, and also parking available in front of the museum along South Cherry Street.
General Policies
We welcome all visitors, and we operate under the Honor System. We do ask that small children be accompanied by an adult while in the museum, and that care be taken when viewing items or utilizing our many records and resources. Cameras and laptop computers are permitted in the museum.
Volunteers play a significant role at the museum. They free our curator to work with visitors, write weekly columns for the newspaper, catalogue artifacts given by patrons, collect articles for the Historian / Oak Leaves, and manage the overall operation of the museum.
The need for volunteers is great, and we welcome anyone who can give three hours each week at the museum. For more information, please contact us.