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Sultana Disaster Museum, Marion

#45 of 102 in Museums in Arkansas
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
The Sultana Steamboat disaster is the largest maritime disaster in U.S. history. The Heritage Festival is held the third Saturday in April and strives to tell the story of the men and women who lost their lives and those few survivors that lived through that bitter night on the Mississippi River. The festival features a lecture series, civil war era music, living history portrayals and a 1865 era memorial service. The event is held at the historic Marion Courthouse square and is free and open to the public.
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  • Awesome find in the small town of Marion Arkansas... Most people have never heard of the Sultana (steam boat) that was the single most loss of life in a maritime accident in America. The small...  more »
  • There's a lot of things we learn about the Civil War but what happened afterwards is not something we learn in school. This museum offered a glimpse into the history of the Sultana and the carnage...  more »
  • Tiny museum but worth a look if you are interested in the Civil War or the Sultana tragedy itself. The volunteer was a super sweet lady full of stories and facts. Cute little town too just ten minutes from downtown Memphis.
  • Fascinating untold story of a real tragedy. Not a tourist trap - real history and really interesting.

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