DescriptionLots first were sold in Fayetteville in 1828, and the town soon became known for an interest in education. Several small colleges were founded in the 1840s and '50s. Arkansas Industrial University, established in 1871, became the University of Arkansas with an enrollment in excess of 24,000.
Walton Arts Center offers several concerts and performances throughout the year; phone (479) 443-5600.
The Washington-Willow Historic District features Victorian houses and large shade trees. The Washington County Historical Society offers living history tours of the 1853 Headquarters House Museum in this neighborhood by appointment; phone (479) 521-2970. Outdoor enthusiasts will find miles of hiking and bicycle trails throughout the city that connect to the Razorback Regional Greenway, a 36-mile, mostly off-road route that stretches from Fayetteville to Bentonville. Nearby Lake Wedington offers camping, cabins, a boat ramp and fishing.
The Battle of Fayetteville Commemoration is held on a weekend close to the anniversary of the April 18, 1863, engagement; living-history demonstrations include battle camp cooking, weaving, quilting and other crafts of the Civil War period. The 4-day Bikes, Blues & BBQ Motorcycle Rally brings some 400,000 visitors into town in late September or early October; phone (479) 527-9993. The downtown square hosts First Thursday Fayetteville featuring local artisans and entertainment the first Thursday of the month.
InfoOfficeFayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau 21 S. Block Ave. Fayetteville, AR 72701. Phone:(479)521-5776 or (800)766-4626
Self-guiding toursA brochure outlining a walking tour Fayetteville's downtown area is available at the convention and visitors bureau.