most endearing aspects of American life can be understood in the
illustrations of Norman Rockwell. The innocent joys and pride of
American life are still alive in North
Arkansas. Step back to a time when life was simpler on the Bentonville
Dance with the locals as musicians from the entire region go Pickin’ on
the Square. Visit Walton’s
Retro toys, candies, souvenirs like whirly pops, wax lips, sock monkeys,
and other retro toys, candies, and souvenirs pack this dime store.
Listen for the sounds of yesteryear while examining the original floor
tiles Sam Walton installed or the tin ceiling covered over in the
store’s 1951 remodel. Live like a local and shop for fresh goodies at
the farmer’s market and see local culture in action at one of
Bentonville square’s block parties, held every month during First
Square, discover native plant life in the woodland setting of Compton
Gardens. Compton Gardens is
a 6.5 acre garden with woodland trails connecting to Crystal
Bridges Museum of American Art Trails.
The gardens were created by Dr. Neil Compton, a noted Bentonville
physician, writer, photographer, founder of the Ozark Society. Dr.
Compton was also instrumental in saving the Buffalo
Mansion and Historic Gardens in
Bentonville serve as a living display of the period surrounding 1875 in Arkansas.