Rogers-Lowell Itinerary #3 – Exploring Rogers

Daisy Museum in Rogers

The Daisy Airgun Museum ~ Photo Courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism

There are many things to see and do in the Rogers area. The Daisy Airgun Museum, located in Downtown Rogers at 2nd and Walnut, houses the world’s largest collection of antique airguns, BB guns and commemorative rifles. The collection includes more than 150 air rifles and toys, including Napoleon-era guns, original Daisy advertising, movie memorabilia, Red Ryder collectibles and vintage Daisy products.

Daisy Rifles are not the only thing going on downtown. You’ll also find the perfect mixture of aromas, cultures, tastes, sounds and textures. Downtown Rogers is a harmonious blend of art, music, shopping, theater, commerce and professional services. You could spend the day walking the inviting brick streets leading to perfectly restored buildings and trendy boutiques.

If you get an early start, go by the charming Farmer’s Market held at the 101 E. (Cherry St, Cherry & Arkansas) Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Rogers Farmer’s Market is a market where growers, farmers, artists, crafters, and other Rogers businesses sell self-produced products to the public. The Market closes in November for the season, re-opening in the spring.

There are several restaurants that we highly recommend such as Iron Horse, Parkside Public, The Rail, Levi’s Gastrolounge, Hammontree and Heirloom.

Many think that Walmart store #1 is in Bentonville, but this is not true. Walmart’s first store, opened in 1962, was located at 719 W Walnut Street in Rogers. The original building has a plaque commemorating the historic designation. Walmart store #1 is now located at 2110 W Walnut Street in… Rogers!

War Eagle Mill

War Eagle Mill ~ Photo Courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism

War Eagle Mill is located Hwy 12 a mere 13 miles east of Rogers and is a fully functioning water-powered gristmill. See how stone-ground whole grains were made before modernization did away with the need for these beautiful old water-powered mills. Wander the grounds and see historic home sites and the War Eagle Bridge. Visit the gift shop where you can see and buy Arkansas products, including jams and jellies, just milled whole-grain meals and mixes, crafts and baskets. Watch the friendly, knowledgeable miller at work, and then have breakfast or lunch at the Bean Palace Restaurant. Also, if you are visiting during the spring or fall months, you may be fortunate enough to attend one of the regionally renowned crafts fairs. War Eagle Mill is open daily March through January 1, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (866) 492-7324.

House of Websterhouse of webster in Rogers Arkansas has been open since 1934 and is located at 1013 N 2nd in Rogers. House of Webster is a log-cabin store filled with every imaginable kind of Southern delicacy, including fruit preserves packed in Mason jars with hand-written labels, green tomato relish, chow chow, watermelon pickles and scuppernong jelly, and country-cured and hickory-smoked bacon. Products from the House of Webster are shipped all over the country. For more information, call (479) 636-4640.

Visit Rogers Historical Museum at 1895 Hawkins House and the Frisco Caboose. The Historical Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and Hawkins House tell the interesting story of Rogers. There are both permanent and traveling exhibits and programs. The Hawkins House uses its six period rooms to present an accurate flashback of how a middle-class family at the turn of the 20th century lived. Admission is FREE. For more information, call (479) 621-1154.

After the sun sets for the day, explore a different side of downtown Rogers. There are exciting, enticing nightspots and tantalizing eateries. It’s the perfect place to enjoy delicious food, smooth drinks and trendy music with your friends. Downtown Rogers, a nostalgic city, will keep you coming back for more.

For more information regarding Rogers, be sure to check out Visit Rogers located at 317 W. Walnut Street.