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McCollum Chidester House, Camden

#45 of 51 in Historic Sites in Arkansas
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The McCollum-Chidester House is a historic house at 926 Washington Street NW in Camden, Arkansas. It is now a museum operated by the Ouachita County Historical Society, along with the Leake-Ingham Building at the rear of the property. The 1-1/2 story wood frame house was built in 1847 by Peter McCollum and sold ten years later to Colonel John T. Chidester. It is one of the finest pre-Civil War Greek Revival mansions in the state. Chidester was a prominent businessman who controversially sought to do business with Union interests during the Civil War. After the war he established a mail company that operated so-called "Star Routes" as far west as the Arizona Territory. He was not implicated in bribery scandals that attended this operation.
The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
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  • A must stop on the Arkansas Civil War trail.Very interesting presentation and well maintained. Found many items of interest regarding the Civil War Era. Easy to get to and guide person was most...  more »
  • The McCollum-Chidester House is a wonderful and carefully-preserved example of life in what was then the second largest City in Arkansas. The House remained in the Chidester Family until it was...  more »

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