The life of a family in steamboat times was far different than that of a family living during the railroad boom. Both lifestyles are vastly different
from families living today.
In the frontier days, country doctors rode horses to communities throughout the region to provide medical care. Today, the community is
blessed with a state-of-the-art medical facility that serves as a trauma center for the region. Country schools in every community gave way
through consolidation to the state-of-the-art school we have today. People used to hold camp meetings before modern churches began to
develop with congregations. Boys played baseball in leagues that traveled to little towns all around. These circuits helps prepare Elwin
"Preacher" Roe for his turn at the Major Leagues.
The everyday tasks such as growing a garden, raising livestock, doing laundry, making your own soap and butter, and getting from one place to
another has changed over time. Life in the Ozarks has been captured seriously and satiracly in a myriad of ways from the book Life in the
Leatherwoods to the movie The Bootleggers. The museum tells the story of the ordinary lives of everyday people.
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Our homestead exhibit in the basement features some of the many
items in our collection that tell the story of everyday life throughout
the generations in Calico Rock. A future exhibit is planned in the
historic Coal House. When completed, the coal house will be
transformed into an 1880's period homestead.
In our newly renovated basement, a rock wall shares photographs of some of the many people who made Calico Rock. These pioneers include
common laborers, business owners, doctors, educators, and folks who lived normal everyday lives but made a lasting impression on our town.
Calico Rock, like many small towns, is rooted in sports. Our
traditions of sports greatness runs deep and our exhibit includes
a tribute to a former NFL great who retired to Calico Rock, state
championship basketball teams, and Baseball legend Preacher
Roe who grew up playing baseball around Calico Rock.