Historic Arkansas Museum damaged by trees

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Friday afternoon's thunderstorms caused unexpected damage in downtown Little Rock. Around 2:30 p.m., two trees were uprooted near the Historic Arkansas Museum.

"One sudden burst of wind came through and took over both of these trees in just a split second," said David Etchieson, manager of historical properties at Historic Arkansas Museum. "It was pretty unexpected."

The old water oak trees were over 40 years old. One of them fell on a familiar 2nd Street building.

"We call this the Plum Bayou Log House," Etchieson said. "It's a part of the Farmstead Education Program."

Built in the 1830s, the house came from Scott, Ark. to Little Rock in 1974.

Terry James, owner of James Tree Service, said neither of the trees was in the best of health.

"It looks like it broke the trees loose at roots," James said. "What happens is the tree will start decay and rotting and then the winds come along and blow it over."

That's typical behavior for a city tree without enough room for roots to grow. Workers were able to lift the remnants of the log off of the old house.

"They're going to save it," James said of the old structure. "They wouldn't have us here if they couldn't save it."

The museum has hired a company to assess the damage to the cabin. It's up to the museum to choose a team of specialists who can restore the cabin to its original and historical state.


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