While you’re staying at The Ireland Hotel, check out the various interesting and beautiful sites around town.
KA DO HA INDIAN VILLAGE
Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village is a tourist attraction featuring a museum, arrowhead hunting, artifacts, stones and the burial mounds are great to check out. Open daily. TREASURE HUNT is a new daily event and special Hunts twice a year. Located about 2 miles from the motel, this Village is a favorite dig and find artifacts and added items. The Gift Shop is amazing. You can check out their official website here: KaDoHa.com
Diamond Park Speedway
Yes, you can go to the races! Just minutes from Murfreesboro every Saturday night. Gates open at 5:00pm. Great fun for the entire family! They have a few other special races so check out their website for details: DiamondParkSpeedway.com
Check out this video from May 2013:
Keep in mind we are in a Dry County. In fact, our neighbouring town of Nashville (which is 15 minutes down the highway where Walmart is located) is also a dry county. There are no locations in these Counties to purchase any type of alcohol and consumption of it is to be indoors, with no public drinking permitted.
Historic Washington State Park
Historic Washington was the capital of Arkansas before the Civil War. A visit here feels like a trip back in time! All original buildings filled with a rich tapestry of history. The staff dresses in period costumes and even the restaurant has traditional southern fare.
Their events calendar is full all year round with various Civil War re-enactments, festivals and fairs. I love visiting often, check out their website: Historic Washington State Park
Don’t miss out on this experience of the past, just a short drive from Murfreesboro.
Narrows Dam – Stocking the river with trout
Annual Hope Watermelon Festival
CADDO RIVER FESTIVAL 2021 Sept 3 & 4 in Glenwood Arkansas
Reminiscent of Sawmill Days; events include vendor & food fair, tractor and antique car shows, sawdust dig and many other activities for kids, custom log carver, canoes on wheels race! Oh the list goes on for this 2 day event about 20min drive from Murfreesboro.
You can check out their official website here
Hawkins General Store – Historic Sight
The old Owens-Stelle Building was erected about 1909 during the “Murfreesboro Diamond Rush”. Initially built as a doctor’s office and pharmacy it has housed Hawkins General Store since 1943 when Millard and Florence Hawkins first opened! Located in the Town Square across the street from our other hotel The Ireland. The store is now owned by Dewayne and Francy.
Phone Number: (870) 285-3587
Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only diamond mine in the United States open to the public. Dig for gemstones.
For more information, visit the official site: Crater of Diamonds or Facts About Diamonds.
The Little Shamrock is about 5 minutes drive from the Crater, The Ireland is the closest hotel to the Crater in all of Murfreesboro.
Want more digging?
About a one hour drive from Murfreesboro is a mountainous area named Mena that is full of crystals. There are two locations that I have been told are good:
Sweet Surrender Crystal Mines
I am told this is a great place to dig for crystals; especially with children! It is located near Mena. Check out their website for more information: Sweet Surrender Crystals
Wegner’s Crystal Mines & Museum
Another location to dig for crystals with the family! Keep all you find. For details, see: Wegner Crystal Mines
I first learned of the existence of this mine from some geology students that visited the motel last year. It is located in Jessieville, Arkansas about an hour and a half drive from Murfreesboro. If you happen to be visiting the Hot Springs during your visit to Arkansas, the Coleman Mines are approximately half an hour’s drive North of the Springs. You can find more info at: Coleman Crystal Mines
Many of our guests enjoy taking a day trip to enjoy the unique attractions in Hot Springs but stay in our small quiet town. The Hot Springs park with the steaming water running over the rocks is quite the sight. I personally like to collect water while I am there as there are locations for this purpose at various spots around the city. Collect either hot or cooled water. My favorite tours are the Belle River Paddle Boat tour of Lake Hamilton. It was very informative giving a rich history of the area, the gangsters who ran the city’s underworld and the famous Bath house; this is a great experience that you will not find anywhere else. If you enjoy taking a baths, check it out !