The QQA will be celebrating its 50th Spring Tour this coming Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-11! This year, we’re holding the golden anniversary of the tour in the Governor's Mansion Historic District. We’ve enlisted the help of Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe and P. Allen Smith as Honorary Co-Chairs to help us spread the word about our half-century anniversary. Shalah Brummett and Anthony Black will be leading our volunteer committee to make all the arrangements, and we’re excited to have the help of several other former Tour Chairs. The tour will include the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion and five houses within easy walking distance: the Cochran Cottage, Pierce House, Turner-Back House, Caruth-Cachran House and the Old Methodist Parsonage.
We are sold out of Candlelight Tour and Dinner tickets, as well as Sunday Brunch tickets. You may purchase tickets for the After Party and Sunday afternoon online, or by visiting Curran Hall at 615 East Capitol Avenue. We are no longer able to process phone orders.
Saturday, May 10
5:30 – 7:30, Candlelight and Champagne Tour of Homes surrounding the Governor's Mansion
Enjoy a leisurely stroll in this historic neighborhood with champagne, wine, and hor d'oeuvres while touring our featured homes.
7:30– 9:30, Dinner & Party at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
Join us at the Governor’s Mansion for dinner and drinks with honorary co-chairs P. Allen Smith and First Lady Ginger Beebe.
9:30 onwards, The After Party at South on Main Restaurant, 1304 South Main Street
Help the QQA celebrate five decades of preservation work at a late-night party at South on Main with Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers.
Saturday night tickets are also valid for Sunday afternoon tour Sunday,
Sunday, May 11
11:00-1:00, Brunch and Garden Tour at Curran Hall, 615 East Capitol Avenue
Start your Mother’s Day festivities at Historic Curran Hall with a casual brunch buffet and mimosa bar and tour the Marjem Ward Jackson Historic Garden.
1:00-5:00, Spring Tour of Homes, Governor’s Mansion Historic District
50th Spring Tour of Homes with lawn games, kid friendly activities, live music, food vendors, trolley rides, and more!
QQA Spring Tour
The Spring Tour is the QQA’s oldest function. Since 1963, the tour has been staged for the purpose of fostering appreciation of historic buildings and neighborhoods and the need for their preservation.
Although the basic purpose of the tour has remained much the same since 1963, the manner in which the tour is conducted has changed dramatically. From a casual afternoon open house, the tour has grown into a weekend-long extravaganza which includes both evening and afternoon tours and a variety of activities.
The Spring Tour has proven to be one of the QQA’s most effective methods of changing negative perceptions about the Quapaw Quarter and for recruiting new residents to the area. Members of each year’s Spring Tour Core Committee work to ensure that the tour is used to the best possible advantage for improving the image of the Quapaw Quarter and historic preservation in Little Rock.
The Spring Tour….
• Has been held almost annually since 1963
• Builds pride and confidence in local historic neighborhoods
• Encourages continued investment
• Educates residents and the public about the varied stories of Little Rock’s neighborhoods
• Produces printed educational materials
• Recruits new residents
• Brings over 1,000 people, including elected officials, to the area to see its value
• Attracts extensive media attention
• Is usually associated with MacArthur Park and the Governor’s Mansion Historic District, but has also been held in Capitol View, Hillcrest and the Centennial Addition