August 4, 2016

Ozark Folk Center State Park

There’s no easy way to get to Mountain View, Arkansas. But when you do, the people take you in and are ready to share with you a little slice of heaven. From pickin’ and chatting on the Square to the welcoming smiles from potters John and Judi at the Folk Center, the residents draw you in and make you feel part of their Ozark family.

The Ozark Folk Center State Park is an Arkansas living history state park located in Mountain View. It is dedicated to preserving and presenting Ozark cultural heritage and tradition to the public. The pioneer crafts, herb lore, and traditional music of the Ozark Mountain people is collected, displayed, interpreted, then shared via workshops and seminars designed to impart a living history of a culture that spans a wide swath of America’s history and a five-state region: Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

A visit to the Ozark Folk Center will impart knowledge on pottery making or blacksmithing. Learn to jig dance or how to build and play a dulcimer. Learn how to recognize, cultivate, heal, and cook with traditional Ozark herbs from the knowledgeable and always entertaining Tina Marie Wilcox. Settle in to hear some traditional Ozark Mountain music performed by a living practitioner of the art.  Trust @TheParkWife, you will not want to leave Mountain View without hearing one of Mary Gillihan’s stories.

Our own James Busvlogger recently took his family for an Ozark Folk Center adventure. Watch and get inspired!

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The Park Wife

Stephanie Buckley, aka The Park Wife, is a tribe builder. She is the founder of Arkansas Women Bloggers (ARWB), an online community designed to gather, grow, and connect social media influencers in our state. Considered an old-timer in the blog world, since 2006 she has written what she hopes is a love letter to her children on her lifestyle blog, The Park Wife. Raised in the debutante world of Mississippi, she married a hunky park ranger and moved to Arkansas 17 years ago and has fallen in love with the state. She loves gardening, porch swings, a beautifully set table, a delicious meal surrounded by great conversations, their cabin in the woods and monogramming everything that is not nailed down. She is a devoted wife and fun-loving mom to three extraordinarily cool little gentlemen and is fortunate enough to live on one of Arkansas’s premier state parks.

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