Once home to the Osage tribe, we are blessed to be nestled between the Polk Bayou and the White River. For centuries, people have been drawn here for the richness of the land, and the quality of the life this place affords.
Batesville is the oldest existing city in Arkansas. It is uniquely situated as a gateway city where the flat lands of the Mississippi Delta meet the Ozark Mountains. The city's striking location with its unusual combination of flat lands, mountains, rivers, creeks, railroads, farmland, caves, and nearby lakes is one reason it became one of the state's first major hubs for business and commerce. This heritage, along with our friendly citizens, is what keeps the city alive, one generation after another.
Our history lends generations' worth of colorful stories. While these stories once provided endless hours of entertainment for locals along the "Loafers' Wall" and "Spit Corner" on Main Street, many are preserved and celebrated today at the Old Independence Regional Museum and many are still making the rounds in living rooms of historic homes throughout downtown -- in the same rooms (and sometimes the same families!) where some of those stories originated.
The downtown is, and always has been, the heart of Batesville. It is the epicenter of this area's past heritage, current culture, and future progress. And this organization, Main Street Batesville, is dedicated to preserving the downtown's special role.
The Main Street Batesville organization exists because of our supporters' dedication to the cause: preserving the downtown's history and ensuring its future as our cultural center. To join us in our cause, click the button below.
Main Street Batesville is currently under way with the redesign and revitalization of Downtown. Click the link to see the plan in process and frequently asked questions.
A Dedicated Team
The Board, Committees, and Volunteers of Main Street Batesville are dedicated to the revitalization and growth of Main Street. We're working diligently to bringing about a better and long lasting Main Street.