Our Past Is Your Present!

 Established in 1979, the Eureka Springs Preservation Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and architectural beauty of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


As a tax exempt nonprofit, organized under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue code, contributions are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code.

Upstairs, Downstairs, and All Around the Town!

Experience the ambience of our Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 6, 2014, 3:00-8:00pm.  Tickets are available, beginning November 16, at the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce (516 Pine Mountain Village Circle, 479-253-8737) and at the Eureka Springs Historical Museum (96 South Main, 479-253-9417).  Advance sale tickets are $15; day of tour, $20. 


You can purchase your tickets online!  Save time and energy; purchase your Tour of Homes tickets online through our secure website.  Use your Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Paypal account and print your ticket.  Your ticket will be emailed to you via our ticket vendor, Ticketbud.comBring your printed ticket to St. James Episcopal Church, 34 Prospect, after 2:00pm on the day of the tour, and redeem your ticket for lapel passes and tour booklet.


Buy your 2014 Tour of Homes ticket here.


Your ticket is transferable, but not refundable.  In case of severe weather, the tour may be postponed to an alternate weekend. 


There are numerous steps, stairs, and inclines on the tour route and inside the homes.  Wear comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes!  Allow 1-2 hours for the tour.  For your safety, visitors who choose to walk the tour route should plan to complete the tour before dark.


Parking is always problematic in Eureka Springs!


The Eureka Springs Transit Authority has made special arrangements for the day of the tour.  The 'red route' trolley will circulate through the tour area until 8:00pm.  Park at either of the main Transit parking lots, pay your trolley fee, and ride the trolley to and from the tour area.


ESPS Honors 2014 Preservation Award Winners

Celebrating 36 years of historic preservation, 1978 to 2014, the Eureka Springs Preservation Society honored members of the community for 2013 preservation projects at their Annual Awards Ceremony, held June 26, 2014, in the Grand Hall of the Grand Central Hotel.


Receiving awards at this event included:

     Improving A Site, Ken Ketelsen, Fresh Farm to Table Fresh, 179 North Main Street

     Historic Preservation Through Craftsmanship, Penny Pemberton, Pemberton Painting

     Restoration of a Residence, Frank Green, 61 Mountain Street

     Outstanding Service through Historical Research, Glenna Booth

     Outstanding Preservation through Media, Sandy Martin and Kimberly Stryker, Procomm Eureka

     Special Recognition for Ongoing Contribution to Preservation in Eureka Springs, Elise Roenigk, 1886

             Crescent Hotel and Spa, Basin Park Hotel


Following the awards presentation, participants enjoyed viewing several of the Eureka Springs Historic Street Vignettes, mini-documentaries centered around the fifteen interpretative signs on Main and Spring Streets., utilizing historic photographs and narrative to explain the history of Eureka Springs neighborhoods.  These presentations are available to the public through the use of QR codes. on smartphones.


Social and refreshments ended the evening's program.

ESPS Funds Spring Improvement Projects

The Eureka Springs Preservation Society and the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Department jointly funded major spring improvements during 2013.  


The Crescent Spring Gazebo, long overdue for attention, was repaired and repainted in bright Victorian colors.


The neglected Califf Spring park, adjacent to the Historical Museum, received a major facelift.  Planting beds and granite walkways were installed.  The small park is spruced and ready for spring planting!


The Preservation Society contributed $7,500 toward the cost of repainting/repairing the Gazebo and $4,615 of the cost of Califf Spring improvements.  These funds were earned, in the majority, through ongoing community support of the Society's major fundraiser, the Christmas Tour of Homes.

Christmas Tour of Homes 2013

MANY THANKS to those who slogged through the slush, snow, and frigid air to visit the historic homes showcased on the 31st annual Christmas Tour of Homes, held December 7, 2013!  As the only tour in thirty-one years to be postponed, we are also indebted to the wonderful homeowners; without their generous spirit of sharing, the tour would not be possible. 


Residents and visitors alike enjoyed tour homes dressed in their finery.  A special thanks go to the gracious homeowners who opened their homes for all to view:

  • Kathy and Steve Pickowitz, 10 Eugenia Street
  • Kathy and Larry Handley, 14 Kings Highway
  • Catherine and Paul Pappas, 7 Kings Highway
  • Debbie and Ken Davis, 12 Summit
  • Christian Science Church, 68 Mountain Street
  • Frank Green, 61 Mountain Street
  • St. James Episcopal Church, 34 Prospect Avenue
  • Marilyn and Byron McKimmey, 38 Prospect Avenue
  • Julie and John Van Woy, 12 Lookout Circle

Third in a Series...2013 Commemorative Ornament Arrives!

The Crescent Hotel, an iconic treasure of Eureka Springs, is featured on the 2013 Eureka Springs Preservation Society commemorative ornament keepsake. 
The ornament is dedicated to Marty Roegnik.  As a preservationist, philantropist, and conservationist, Marty and his wife, Elise, restored the 1886 Crescent Hotel, the "Grand Lady of the Ozarks," to greatness.  For his life, the people of Eureka Springs, and those who visit here, are eternally thankful.
A three-dimensional, 24-karat gold finished dated ornament, boxed and gift ready, is offered for sale on the Preservation Society website, and at Cottage Caboodle (11 North Main), Grand Central Hotel (37 North Main), Eureka Springs Historical Museum (95 South Main), and Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce (516 Village Circle).
The Crescent Hotel ornament is third in the ornament series, all planned to honor Eureka Springs' landmarks.  The 2011 inaugural ornament honored the First Presbyterian Church on their 125th anniversary; the 2012 ornament honored First Baptist Penn Memorial Church on their 100th anniversary.
Supplies of the ornament are limited!  As a perfect keepsake of special occasions...weddings, baptism, anniversary celebrations, church membership...the ornaments are available at $15 each or as a set (2011, 2012, and 2013) at a discounted price of $37.50.  All proceeds from the fundraiser support preservation activities of ESPS.

Order Online!


 Use your Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Paypal account on our secure website to order your own commemorative ornaments...before they're gone! 


The ornament cost is $15.00 plus $2.00 handling, or order a set of all three ornaments for the reduced price of $37.50.  Your ornaments will be shipped directly to you.


And, remember, your purchase supports the preservation efforts of ESPS!



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