History

History
Colonel Samuel West Peel

In 1875, Colonel Samuel West Peel built a marvelous villa tower Italianate Mansion on the outskirts of Bentonville, Arkansas. It was a working farmstead surrounded by 180 acres of apple orchards.

Colonel Peel, pioneer businessman, legal representative (appointed by the President) to the five civilized tribes in Indian Territory and Confederate soldier, was the first native born Arkansan elected to the United States Congress. He and his wife, Mary Emaline Berry Peel, raised nine children here.

The front hall is a sophisticated presentation of rare pine graining and a gracefully turned walnut balustrade stairway. Authentically designed curtains and colors derived from meticulous research embellish this softly lighted Victorian interior of the 1870's. There is a rare Anglo-Japanese mantle in the library and unusual Greek Revival molded trim in the parlor. Kerosene lamps and chandeliers lighted the darkness in the Peel household of many years ago and careful attention to this reality has resulted in a display of unusual lighting devices complete with globes, chimneys, wicks and authentic period details. Rugs, coverlets, furniture, and other accessories create a truly authentic interior of the early Victorian period.

The Peel Mansion - Early 20th Century

The Historic Arkansas Museum and the Old State House have generously loaned fine antiques and artifacts to assist in furnishing the interior of the Peel Mansion Museum.

The Peel Mansion site is also an outdoor museum of historic roses, perennials, and native plants. Careful research over many months resulted in an extensive inventory of nineteenth century plantings. Descendants of early settlers were interviewed for their childhood memories of early gardens. The 1845 Jacob Smith Nursery list from Fayetteville served as a documentary source. Various vignette gardens are interlaced among curvilinear walks and large shade trees creating a most appropriate setting for this great historic building of Northwest Arkansas.


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17-Jul-2015

Congratulations Tiffany Hellerstedt for being accepted into the Leadership Benton County program..

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01-Jul-2015

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15-Jun-2015

We're so excited to have this "badge of honor!" We are a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence ..

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05-May-2015

"Early Ozarks People & Plants: From Native Plants to Farmsteads" May 18, 2015 ..

Passenger Pigeon Presentation
01-May-2015

"The Passing of the Pigeon" May 15, 2015 11am - Compton Gardens and Conference Center ..

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