Sunday, March 15, 2009

"Spring Splash" Road Trip - April 25th, 2009

Exploring Izard County Announces its "Spring Splash" Road Trip on April 25

The web-site, Exploring Izard County, will be hosting its third Road Trip on Saturday April 25th, 2009. The "Spring Splash" Road Trip will visit the Gid, Guion, and Lafferty areas of Izard County and will include stops at the Gid Waterfall, the Guion Schoolhouse, Lafferty Spring, Lafferty Mill Dam, and the Gristmill Waterfall at Gid. During the tour, participants will hear historical presentations about the area including one about the Lafferty Family history by a direct descendent of John and Sarah Lafferty, Mrs. Mary Lafferty Wilson from Gainesville, Missouri. Participants will drive the tour in the comfort and privacy of their personal vehicles. A pic-nic lunch is planned for the last stop on the "Spring Splash" Road Trip as well as musical entertainment, games, and a hike to a large well-occupied shelter cave nearby.

As with other events hosted by Exploring Izard County, this one is to raise funds to help preserve an Izard County historic treasure. All donations and all proceeds from sales of T-Shirts and other merchandise by the organizers will be forwarded to the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society to support its efforts to move and restore the James and Phoebe Trimble House. The treasure was recently given to the Historical Society and must be moved to Cumberland Heritage Park in Calico Rock. The Trimble House is dated to 1815 and is documented as being the oldest standing home in the county having been built by a family of the very earliest pioneers of the area. The Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society estimates the project will cost around $10, 000.

Exploring Izard County is pleased to announce that the Izard County Historical and Genealogical Society will be joining us for this event as its own Spring Meeting. The organization will have a table with books, past issues of the Izard County Historian, and applications for membership available to participants.

Because of the nature of the event, limited spaces will be available. Those who are interested in participating should contact Denny Elrod at (870) 291-2215 or e-mail For more information visit Exploring Izard County online at

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