118 East Dickson Street

Fayetteville AR 72701

Deep in the heart of Fayetteville's historic district stands one of Arkansas' most famous ante-bellum homes, built in 1853 by Judge Jonas Tebbetts. The Washington County Historical Society is proud to preserve and maintain this lovely Greek Revival home which served as headquarters for both Union and Confederate sides during the Civil War. The house bears the scars of battle preserved in the panels of an inside door where a minie ball crashed through, just at eye level. The house is said to have been designed by the Reverend William Baxter, president of Arkansas College, to match his home which stood just across Dickson Street - on the campus of Arkansas College. Neither Rev. Baxter's home nor the College survived the Civil War.

The Tebbetts' home now serves as headquarters for the Historical Society which maintains it also as a museum for tours and living history programs. The grounds are maintained by Master Gardeners with attention paid to plants and plantings appropriate for the period.

Much of what is now known of the house and Tebbetts family comes from a journal kept by Marian Tebbetts Banes who was a young girl when she lived there from 1853-1862. The Society sells copies of this journal and other historic books in our bookstore in Headquarters House.

Archibald Yell Law Office

The law office building used by Archibald Yell was moved from his Waxhaws property location on south College Avenue in Fayetteville to the grounds of Headquarters House in 1993. The building now houses a museum featuring furnishings appropriate to the period when it was used by Archibald Yell. Yell was second governor of the new State of Arkansas and a congressman. He resigned his congressional seat to form a troop of soldiers from Arkansas to fight in the Mexican War. He was killed in battle at Buena Vista on February 23, 1847. He was buried at the battlefield site initially. After about five months, his body was brought back to Arkansas and buried at his Waxhaws property. After Evergreen Cemetery was established in Fayetteville, Yell's remains along with the last two of his wives, were moved to Evergreen, by the Masonic Lodge founded by Yell.

Washington Co. Historical Society files
Archibald Yell by William Hughes

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